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The San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad is a terrific railroad adventure along the San Pedro River, through the Nature Conservancy’s San Pedro River Preserve. Travelers will experience the nature of the area inside open-air or enclosed train cars. The enclosed cars are air-conditioned and heated. It can be cool in the winter, so be prepared if you would like to ride in the open-air cars.
The tour lasts for four hours and covers approximately 50 miles. Passengers will retrace the track laid over 100 years ago. The tour includes a guide, who describes the history of the area and the wildlife. For those with a sharp eye, wildlife can be seen during the entire trip. Visitors have seen mule deer, javelina and birds.
A special treat is the lunch at the ghost town of Fairbank. Here you will have a choice of ordering a barbeque lunch from a nearby guest ranch or eating the sack lunch you brought along. The railroad requests that no alcohol is brought along on the trip.
The railroad operated year round. The cost of the ride is $28.00, individuals over 60 are $25.00 and children between 5 and 18 are $19.00 or you may choose the family rate of $88.00.
The San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad is located at 796 East Country Club Drive. If you are in Benson and are going to the San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad, get on Interstate 10 and exit back in town at exit 303 and then look for the signs. If you are coming from Phoenix or Tucson take Interstate 10 south out of town to the town of Benson. Take the 303 exit off of Interstate 10 and then look for the signs for the railroad.
For more precise information on departure times and dates, please call ahead at 800-269-6314 or call 520-586-2266.