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Roaring Camp Railroads

539 reviews
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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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
1  Thank J510spadina
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

$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
2  Thank Susons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It sounds like strange bedfellows, but this works. A narrow gauge steam locomotive designed for steep climes hauls you up to the top of the mountain through a redwood forest over inclines up to a 10.6% grade. The guide provides information about both the locomotive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank StevieB41
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took eight 8th graders to visit Roaring Camp to see a railroad in action as we are studying the Transcontinental Railroad. It was fantastic. The grounds are beautiful and the railroads are the same as those built 150 years ago. The staff was very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Peacetraveller58
Reviewed December 12, 2018

One word summery, DISAPOINTED. Many things wrong with this outing. For the price of $33 per person I had a good expectation that this would be romantic, cozy and or entertaining. They tried, and the potential is there for all those things to actually take...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank chevyguy75
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Was so excited for that day to arrive, loved it, the old western town and train. Winding through the redwoods up the hillside, would go again

Date of experience: October 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
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