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.
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
We had a great time at the Smith Ranch with our kids (age 3-7). The ranch and mine are a family labor of love and a testament to what can be accomplished with hard work. The authentic renovated mine cars and electric locomotives are a great touch. The Smiths told fascinating and educational stories of the Gold Rush that included... More
Our daughter and some of her friends organized the trip to the Smith Ranch and "goldmine". Billed as a one-mile train ride to a historic goldmine, it was far from that. The train is a mining car train of tiny little cars pulled by an electric tug. The total journey must be about 1/8th of a mile as we never... More
The Smith family present Julian mining history in a way that is fun for all ages. Our party had an 8 and 82 year old. Both of them left the site feeling as though they had a great experience. The train ride and accompanying narration led to a mine entrance that you go in to get the feel of a... More
The Smith Ranch is a hidden gem in california. Located in Julian California the place is special and full of adventure. Many activities are around for the family to enjoy. Your kids will discover a piece of American history. From gold paning, to the rope bridge. I have two girls and they loved that. an 1870 mine tour that shows... More
We took a day trip up to Julian. We were told by some friends to check out Smith Ranch. The kids LOVED it! They learned about the gold rush and got to actually tour a mine and pan for "gold". The Smith's were warm, friendly, and very passionate about their ranch. All 3 of my kids, 6, 9, and 11,... More
The Smiths are friendly, smart and definitely love to show you around. The tour is geared toward children but we adults loved it too. Lots of good stories and artifiacts for the history nut in all of us. A couple of hours and a good price made it the right choice for our visit.
We came to Smith ranch Labour Day. It starts with a train ride up the mountain with stops on the way for explenations on the history of the place and the vegetation. Reaches the mine where there are explenations on mining for gold. There is a little adventure park with ropes, bridges and slides the kids had fun going through.... More
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