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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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Nice time into the woods

If you have children or just enjoy trains, this ride is for you. The scenery is nice, in the middle of the forest but not extraordinary either. The roaring camp is also well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you have children or just enjoy trains, this ride is for you. The scenery is nice, in the middle of the forest but not extraordinary either. The roaring camp is also well maintained and you can enjoy burgers, hot dogs and fries before or after your train.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went on this ride with my 3 boys (12, 7 and 5) and they had a great time. We tried to go on the 12pm but it was sold out so had to wait for the 2pm. It was a great experience for the kids but even I had a good time. The train goes slow so not a scary... More 

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Stockton, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

One of the reviews below claims the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway train was "broke down looking and frankly it sounded like it was going break down any second." This train has been running safely for thirty years. For ONE person to decide it sounds unsafe and then pronounce that to the world is not responsible. There are... More 

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Cleveland, Mississippi
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My son and I took the train and were miserable because of the cold weather. Please, please, take a hat, a coat, a scarf, warm shoes, and an extra blanket. I am not kidding!!

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Eugene, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I was going to venture up to Felton to get on the train and give my daughter who brought from out of state to experience some of my child memories the same experience. But as I'm walking along the tracks on the back side of the boardwalk along Beach Street, I notice as the train goes by how filthy, broke... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We came the day after Thanksgiving, a very popular day. Extra trains had been added to accommodate the crowd, and our train was a little late, but so what. We went up the mountain, and the ride through the trees is just gorgeous. This is an authentic steam train experience. It goes slowly (therefore you can enjoy the scenery). A... More 

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Billings, MT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We recently vacationed in this area, and after much research we decided to visit roaring camp. Not only did the train sound fun, but the Roaring Camp seemed to have much to offer as well. This might be true in the middle of the summer on a weekend, but not in the middle of November. We arrived at the camp... More 

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Aptos, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I have enjoyed previous Roaring Camp trains into the redwoods. However, I went on the Holiday Lights Train last evening and... never again! We signed up for the 6:30 train, and it was 45 minutes late! The train is beautiful on the outside, and although the inside of our car was charming, and Christmas music was played the whole time,... More 

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Custer, South Dakota
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Good experience for the family to see the Redwoods up close while riding a neat old steam train. Enjoyed watching them do some switching get up the hill. Was Chistmas time so Santa was waiting at the top. Kids enjoyed that part. Trees were amazing it was hard to believe we were in middle of a city

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Scituate, Massachusetts, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've never been on a steam engine train so I found it very interesting. An hour plus ride up through the redwoods. If you're in the Santa Cruz area -visit! Naked your kids too.

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