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Roaring Camp Railroads

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95018-9745
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Loved this for adults too!!!

Was one of my favorite things I did on my trip to California....take a old steam train though the redwood forest...exceeeded my expectations...felt so peaceful and was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was one of my favorite things I did on my trip to California....take a old steam train though the redwood forest...exceeeded my expectations...felt so peaceful and was beautiful....a must do for children and adults!

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful country. Recommend the open cars as most of the route is under cover of the beautiful redwoods. The conductor was somewhat entertaining and knowledgeable. Would go again.

Thank Sherrie C
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my family and my little nephew. It was a fun filled place with lots of things to see. Great wild West theme. We took a ride on the steam train and it was definitely the highlight of the trip. The ride went through a very scenic route and the guide was very informative. Bring your camera along... More 

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fraternity reunion at Roaring Camp and the rail ride through the redwoods was one activity. Theta Chi brothers enjoyed the ride, talking more than gawking as their purpose was to reunite. It is a scenic little run, however.

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West Chester, PA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Slow and boring, no commentary (like we were promised), up and back the same way, long stop in the middle of nowhere - this is the worst train experience we have ever had. And it's expensive! $27/person to be bored out of your minds for 1 1/2 hours. What a disappointment! Sorry we wasted vacation time on this.

1 Thank Terri R
Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great half day activity. A train ride about an hour up into the redwoods to a picturesque little camp with a number of activities available. We chose to have a nice lunch (the cowboy BBQ) -- the BBQ ribs were excellent. Then a relaxing hour back to Santa Cruz.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

I was a little nervous that the trip would be geared for children and that a group of adults would be bored. Boy were we wrong. The scenery was breathtaking and the trip was great fun. It was a whole different perspective to seeing the redwoods and being deep in the forest. We all enjoyed the fresh air and the... More 

3 Thank dp203
Santa Cruz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Did this many times as a child, went back and did the Beach Train recently with friends. Its a lovely way to spend a few hours and you'll see parts of the ara you rarely or never see otherwise. Highly recommend for locals and visitors alike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

This is totally different to any excursion we have ever taken before and cannot recommend it highly enough. The train ride was the main reason we went but the trip through the giant redwoods really blew us away. Did a little bit of shopping in the store and had a quick bite to eat at the cookhouse.

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

With only two days in Santa Cruz and only part of each day for sightseeing, we chose this over other things and we were glad we did. Nothing like this in the east! Get up close and personal with the coastal redwoods in a protected forest. The open train goes up and down the hillsides a couple of times. Giant... More 

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