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Smith Ranch - Julian Train & Gold MIne

Julian, CA
1-760-765-2288
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Julian
Type: Ranchs
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English first
Enschede, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Smith family have worked very hard preserving some of Julian's gold mining history and did an excellent job. My familly and I got a private tour and learned alot not just about Julian but also about the grounds and the family history.

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Plain City, Ohio
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the train & gold mine tour in June 2014. The tour was run by several members of the family that has been excavating and restoring the gold mine. It is clearly a labor of love for them, and they are still exploring and making new discoveries. Their passion carries throughout the tour. Instead of a bored tour guide... More

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San Diego
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is more than just a train ride, it is a history of Julian and the gold mining era of San Diego. The Smith's make it educational and fun and interactive! Very good for children especially if studying California history.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Train and Track was very impressive. What a massive undertaking to build. Overall the train ride was about a mile long both ways. The mine cars were pulled by an actual gold mining train and the mine cars had been retrofit to seat passengers. The gold mine was an actual hand dug mine from the 1870's so it didn't... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The train ride was quaint and fun; the actual gold mine was interesting. This was an original 1860 gold mine that is being reopened by the owners since 1991. Their exploits are interesting and they make it fun for kids and adults, even if you didn't bring the kids. You can see the discoveries of the mine that were found... More

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San Diego, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The train ride was not exactly as I pictured it to be as it seemed to wind up the property at a distance that could easily walked up in less than the time on the train. Regardless, it was a cute entertaining train with some history to go along with it and what it runs on was an interesting story... More

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Rexburg, Id
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Amazing piece of history that causes us to reflect on the beliefs this great country was founded upon.

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Westchester, California, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The tour iteself was interesting and very enjoyable. It was fun to hear about the history, etc. However, the folks that own the property and give the tour are extremely religiously Christian. If you are not, you will be slightly insulted by the continual references to God and Christ. They are trying to pass their message of "God" on to... More

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Best thing we did in Julian. A little boys paradise with slide, ropes, climbing hills, panning for gold. Great family run place. Will return for sure.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Pioneer Ways is a family run business and everyone is involved with the tours. Greg and Lisa Smith, the owners are friendly and nice. This is not the place for people who like to complain (in reference to the person who gave this one star), and yes, they do mention family values and God, as someone else previously stated. However,... More

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