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Roaring Camp Railroads

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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...more
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5401 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95018-9745
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Reviewed yesterday

There are so many activities to do everybody will find at least one thing. There was gold mining, black smithing, music, food and much more. The train tour it self was amazing to see all the big old trees and the almost untouched nature was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MarcusD1975
Reviewed yesterday

There were adults, seniors and several families with toddlers. Every one in our train car was so happy and thoroughly enjoying this ride. Travis was really good a narrating the history of the railroad and shared information about the redwoods and this forest, and gave...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RogerR1990
Reviewed 1 week ago

This roaring train journey was delightful and beyond my expectations. Not sure about the carbon footprint of the steam engine train and its impact on the environment, but other than that, you get the satisfaction of contributing to the conservation of these large trees and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rakesh R
Reviewed 1 week ago

my mother and i went and did the train through the santa cruz mountains and it was very enjoyable ! highly recommend

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank adamhffh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited roaring camp with our adult kids and our grandchildren. This place is a big hit with the kids and the folks at roaring camp are very accommodating. I highly recommend that you pack a lunch as their snack bar is pricey, which is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vitahawk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the 10:30 steam engine train ride up the redwood forest railway Roaring Camp. The history of the steam engine was fascinating, the ride safe but exciting, and the learning about the coastal redwood trees was very helpful. The cost was quite reasonable for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy riding trains, so when I saw this one went through the Redwoods, I knew we had to go. My husband and I visited with our moms and there was something for everyone to enjoy. The narrator was very knowledgeable, and they let you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 9JessicaL
Reviewed February 7, 2019

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 February 2, 2019

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 January 28, 2019

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
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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
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
April 5, 2018|
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