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Roaring Camp Railroads

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
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Description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride...
See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride steam trains to Bear Mountain or Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Visit an 1880s logging town located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Between San Francisco and Monterey Bay in Felton.
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The train ride to the Santa Cruz boardwalk was fun and educational.

I have always wanted to take this trip so when we went back to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, we rode the train to Santa Cruz. What a lovely ride through the Redwoods and then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Be prepared to spend lots of money. $8 per car for parking (non paved don't bring stroller), $27 per adult and $20 per child for a single 3.5 mile ride. Non covered train cars in sunny, 95 degree weather. Attraction is dusty, dirty and hot. Smelly porta-potties all over. Speakers on train did not work, so no interaction between crew... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Very poorly organised. We were booked in for the 10:30 slot - told to arrive an hour early so had already waited/hung around - and then we didn't leave until 10:55! With babies and toddlers that is inexcusable! You can only take photos with Thomas himself if you pay extra - after having paid quite a bit for tickets and... More 

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Nuevo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I have always wanted to take this trip so when we went back to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, we rode the train to Santa Cruz. What a lovely ride through the Redwoods and then into the town itself. Got off on the Boardwalk and explored for awhile before heading back to the park. The guide was knowledgeable and shared... More 

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The plan for the day was to spend a nice Sunday attending the Del Sol Music Festival and take a steam train ride to Bear Mountain. I ordered the tickets on line to make sure that we had seats on the 2:00 PM train. We left San Jose early, to avoid the beach traffic, arrived a little before 10:00 AM... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The train ride thru the redwoods is really great - the redwoods are simply incredible. And the train ride is not super expensive. However, parking is $8, and a long walk. Food is expensive. Google map it and go to the Henry Cowell State Park - park there and it is a short walk to the train. Picnicking is also... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Roaring Camp is adjacent to Henry Cowell State Park. Plan on spending the entire day. Ride the train, have some Bar B Q or pack your own lunch. After your train ride, put on your walking shoes and take the 1+ mile, easy sstroll throuigh some of the most amazing trees. The San Lorenzo River trail is a short additional... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It is a nice train ride through the redwoods and the crew try to keep you active and interested all the way. But overall the ride is a bit long as you come down the same way you went up the mountain. The most interesting railroad detail is the track switch-back. Also for a family with kids the tickets are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Went to the railroad for our 13 Year anniversary, had a great time. The dinner they serve is a typical chuck wagon dinner, with steak, beans, corn, and salad. The train ride up to the top of the mountain in the redwoods at sunset was the highlight of the trip. Once you come down the mountain they serve hit chocolate... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It was nice and cool the day we visited. Nothing much to do other than the Train ride. But if your in Santa Cruz its a must.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Going to Santa Cruz Boardwalk in Santa Cruz can be done by car or better yet, by the Roaring Camp beach train! We purchased our tickets online, and after getting to the area in Felton, parked all day for $8.00 in a very clean and well kept property. Most important note is that they have better restroom accommodations, even for... More 

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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