VVR, Blazin' M merge marketing

The Verde Canyon Railroad and Blazin' M Ranch have partnered marketing and reservation efforts.

With just one call, visitors may book passage aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad and dinner at the Blazin' M dinner theatre. For added convenience, both properties have concurrent schedules.

After many years of coordinating their marketing efforts on behalf of the Verde Valley, Verde Canyon Railroad and Blazin' M Ranch have joined marketing and reservation efforts for this natural partnership.

"We couldn't be happier about this arrangement and we know our current customers, as well as new ones, will be happy, too," said Blazin' M owner Lori Mabery.

"We have always admired and respected the contribution to the Verde Valley made by the Blazin' M," added Dave Durbano, owner of Verde Canyon Railroad, "so the affiliation was an easy decision for us."

The Verde Canyon Railroad and Blazin' M Ranch partnership offers visitors a step back in time, where history is only part of the journey.

Remnants of a bygone era are evident as the Verde Canyon Railroad pulls out of the station on the four-hour excursion into Mother Nature's timeless artistry. Ancient history abounds as the train makes its way into a narrow chasm with towering red rock pinnacles and near millennium-old Indian ruins. The canyon may be enjoyed from climate-controlled coaches featuring either first-class, coach or caboose seating. All access open-air viewing cars where the beauty, history, wildlife and geology become one with passengers. The train also passes over trestles, under a covered bridge and through a 680-ft. manmade tunnel adding adventure to ride. The canyon journey is further enhanced by the knowledge and personal glimpses of the colorful narration and attentive train staff.

After the rail trip into ancient history, Old West history unfolds at the nearby Blazin' M Ranch. With true Western hospitality, guests are invited to tantalize their taste buds and tickle their funny bones with a knee-slapping good time at Blazin' M's chuckwagon-style dinner theatre.

Before dining, guests may meander the shops of the Old West courtyard, indulge in a lively game of horseshoes, target practice in the shooting gallery, or rope a mechanical steer from a mechanical horse. When the dinner bell rings, it is time to feast on an all-you-can-eat barbecue served up on tin plates and cups just as they did on cattle drives over a century ago. After dinner, and on a full stomach, it is time for visitors to sit back and relax to the harmony of the Blazin' M Cowboys as they serenade the audience with old cowboy music favorites, tall-tales, tomfoolery and other surprises.

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