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Roaring Camp Railroads

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About Roaring Camp Railroads
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a delightful afternoon being pulled by Engine 40 up to Bear Mountain. Being cool wintry day made the trip even more fun. Our first time being pulled by # 40 and it was a different experience that the regular Steam trains.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ernie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took y mom here while driving down the coast. She said this was her favorite stop that we did. They are very knowledgeable and the narrator was fantastic!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ShirleyC3063
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like to ride trains, so we enjoyed this place. The weather was in the low 70s and sunny so that added to the overall experience. The best part of the train ride are the amazing redwoods.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BAWHR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The steam train is well preserved. I can tell the train is still in a very good condition. It's an amazing experience to let kids see steam train and how it works. Besides, the special activity on the easter egg hunt is also very attractive...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank cmchou
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

This trip was well worth it. I have two young children and they loved the train . I do not recommend getting their picnic food there isn’t much space to eat or even time take snacks . This was an amazing fun trip as a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Michelle R
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Whether you take this trip or the one from the boardwalk, or both, you can't go wrong. The cool thing about this one is it's an old steam engine. You get the real feel and sound of steam power, traveling out of the "camp" and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank sayyestolife
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Does anyone know if I take the morning 10:15 train from Felton, then could I take the later afternoon train (4:15) back to Roaring Camp? I love this train ride! Nice forest and city views!

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank J510spadina
Reviewed January 7, 2019

This was a cute little train station with a nice length train ride through the redwoods. We arrived early, expecting to take the first train ride, but the website did not indicate that the first one on the schedule would not be the first one...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 607happytraveler
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

Was fun and festive . A lot of families go , they serve free hot apple cider , pass around cute hats 🎩 and it’s just cheery , they have fun music playing too . Bring a heavy coat , scarf it gets chilly

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 92017traveler
Reviewed January 1, 2019

$140 for 4 @ $33.pp + $7 online fee on an unattractive 1 mile long street w views of apartment houses, homeless encampments, dump trucks, & a cement truck parking lot, that crawls more slowly than the average adult walks, & with no sense of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jill W
September 28, 2018|
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Response from skyedalmt | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest catching the train in Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp and then taking the train back. However, I guess it all depends on the number of people in your group. If you take the train, you won't regret it. My son loved... More
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Asceneth P
June 23, 2018|
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Response from indymel2018 | Reviewed this property |
I would not recommend it. It is a bumpy ride and a lil crowded. It really just a time to appreciate the amazing beauty of the forest and take it all in. Eating would distract from that and might disrupt the other guests... More
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jeanneccyc
April 5, 2018|
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Response from krysheila99 | Reviewed this property |
we actually road the train an somebody had a dog on the train with them. I also seen people walking on the trails on the side of the train with dogs so I would say yes dog friendly
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