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Roaring Camp Railroads

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
+1 831-335-4484
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Who likes trains? How about tall majestic Redwood trees? The beach? Well, Roaring Camp Railroad can provide all these plus more. My wife and I had an enjoyable time riding the trains. Got to learn a bit of history. Even better, we got to admire...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this activity last minute looking for something to do in the area. We enjoyed it and was very relaxing. Enjoyed the scenery and history of the train

Thank Joanne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made reservations on line and arrived at Roaring Camp one hour early. During the week the snack bar is not open. There is a $10.00 charge for parking. Weekdays the steam train is not in operation. At least in the fall it wasn't. The...More

Thank Chip12014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed every minute of the train ride into the Redwood forest. Commentary was informative. Recommend taking a jacket as its cooler in the forest. Sit at least two cars away from engine if you want to avoid the smoke and bits of leaves falling onto...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

booking is advisable for this trip especially in summer months We had a lovely day out on this trip with great commentary, only negative I have is that we went in Oct so there was only one train trip available mid week so we couldn't...More

Thank MartinaD95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all enjoyed this and took memorable pictures. Would highly recommend for any age educational and fun .

1  Thank Relax44934311622
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time visiting the Roaring Camp Railroad, and it was just as awesome as I remember it! Beautiful, fun, and the Hosts are wonderful! If your anywhere near Santa Cruz, it's a must see!!!

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with my dad and 2 kids age 4 and 6 years old. We had a great time. We were in a car that was uncovered, although there were covered cars available. The uncovered cars let you look straight up to enjoy the beauty...More

Thank Allison G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

good ride but get there early to get an open air car. Make sure that you have cash to pay for parking they don't take credit cards for parking

Thank Gordon T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our ride on this train. The conductor runs through the history of the line and the area and the ride through the redwoods is nice. At the top you get 15 minutes or so to take photos, visit the toilet etc before the...More

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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