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Roaring Camp Railroads

5401 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95018
831-335-4484
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Ranked #5 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We had a few hours to kill so took the steam train ride. 1st of all if charging for the train do you need to charge $8 for parking. All said an enjoyable ride up and down Bear mountain on a 100 year old steam train through some impressive trees and over some old trestle bridges so it's like riding... More

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Nothing exciting about this train. I have wanted for 20 years to experience this train. I had seen many people ride it over the years and finally had an opportunity to do it. I took the trip through the redwoods, but after 5 minutes you have seen all that you are going to see. There are no surprises or exciting... More

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Helena, Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Did this as a kid and as a parent--next time I'll bring my grand kids too! Be sure to board in time in Santa Cruz or face a costly commercial trip back!

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Tampa, FL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Nice day trip to see the redwoods and very close to Santa Cruz. The steam engine was really nice and the scenery is beautiful. There is a state park you can walk to after the ride which is very nice, you can go inside a tree!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

While the option is family and teenagers, my brother (17) and I (22) went on the train with our mom up through the forest to view the redwoods. It was pretty interesting, and it certainly was a gorgeous day out. Unfortunately, getting checked in and picking up our tickets was rough; they closed the actual will call building and moved... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Took the train through the woods ticket, they had some shops in the small old timey town where the train station was. The train itself was small but nice, We stopped when we got to the top of the mountain for a walk and history tour from one of the conductors. The only part that bothered me was the black... More

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Sacramento
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We took the steam train and had a lot of fun. There are a few activities you can do before the train goes, and when we went the kids could make wax drip candles for free. The train ride was nice and enjoyable.

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Sydney, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There is nothing like travelling on a 100 year old steam train through ancient redwood forest. The noise, the smell, the colossal majesty of the red woods. This was an absolutely amazing experience which I was glad to be a part of. My only negative would be that being in the first carriage, it was difficult to hear and understand... More

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The Woodlands, TX
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had wanted to take this train ride a few years back when I visited California but did not have time. This time I went online before my trip and found that they have a train ride thru the redwoods into Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk. This was perfect. We did not have to fight the Santa Cruz traffic and... More

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Mill Valley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Had more fun than we expected. Riding down a residential street on a train was a surprise. Staff very friendly.

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