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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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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 6 days ago

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
Thank chevyguy75
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Thank lornadixon11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boarded this train with high hopes of seeing Xmas lights and scenery. Did not happen. We saw alot of homeless encampments by the railroad tracks and little else, but buildings. No good energy from the employees. So boring. The kids all around were bored and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Laurie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Holiday ride. Very informative! Staff very friendly! We really enjoyed everything! Xmas tree display was good done by organizations in the area. I’m

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ruth D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Review for the Christmas holiday lights train ride event. Skip it. Expect to ride literally from point A to B and back on the same rail. There's sing alongs on the train and staff service was nice but there is nothing to see and do!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank fatbattk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Also, it is right next to a state park with even better redwoods. You can park in either for $10/day and walk to the other via a short path (20 ft or so).

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vacationer106723
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Holiday Lights Train and the only thing that was lighted was the train itself. There was nothing to see outside of the train. I was rather disappointed with that. If you have family with smallish children it would be amazing. Or certainly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SunnyOnTheGo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was so fun, and beautiful nature. My 4 yr old son and 7 years old daughter loved it. Great day trip and adventure. Would love to try the train to Santa Cruz beach

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Navigator54353924907
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: July 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
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Travel conditions out of SFO (8 Replies)
After spending 3 nights in SFO we are picking up a rental car at the Alamo desk in O' Farrel St and heading to Monterey. Through TA I've found the Roaring Camp Railroads attraction and decided to break the journey to Monterey up with a visit there. According to google maps its approx a 1hr 20 mins drive. Can any locals advise on if this a realistic journey time? We are due to pick up the hire car @ 08:00am and it will be a Monday morning. I've driven in the US before (I'm from UK) but not...More
February 23, 2014|
Response fromMadeleine M|
Roaring Camp RR operates out of Felton which is just a bit outside Santa Cruz. That time estimate is accurate without traffic. You may run into some southbound morning traffic out of SF and then more around San Jose. But if you get out of city by 8:30 I can't imagine a scenario that would have you in Felton after 11AM. The route I would suggest would be: 101S -> I380W -> I280S ->85S ->17. Highway 17 goes over the hill and right through Felton. This may sound like a lot of...More
California Honeymoon (6 Replies)
Hello Everyone! So myself and my beautiful fiancée are getting married at the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, CA in early September. I'm looking for some great ideas for our honeymoon in Cali. We were thinking of going to Hawaii, but as we're travelling from New Zealand we crunched numbers and the flights don't count as a return airfare from Hawaii to NZ so the cost of the flight one way from Hawaii is more than a return fare to Cali... Doesn't make sense, but that's airlines for you....More
March 07, 2016|
Response frombelomiser|
Are you planning to fly from SFO to Cali ? That would be a pity as there is a lot to do and see in our lovely Country and in our State of California or CA. why you would want to go to Colombia of all places for your honeymoon over Hawaii is beyond me. But that is ok. To each his own. Are you getting married on the the train itself ? Wow ? How about then going to Mt Hermon and doing a zip line -- yippee -- after getting married ? And you can spend time in San Francisco (abbreviated as SF)...More
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Itinerary suggestions Santa Cruz, Felton, Redwoods? (11 Replies)
We'll be staying in Monterey for about 5 days in April. Before we head home (via San Jose airport), we are considering a few extra days in or around Santa Cruz. We have two kids (3 and 10 months). My 3 year old LOVES trains, so we are considering a stop at the Roaring Camp Railroads near Felton. Is there a fun place to stay somewhere near there with kids (cabins, cottages, etc.)? We would also like to see the Redwooods. Which area would you recommend? We might stay in San Jose, but if the...More
January 10, 2007|
Response fromDarthAnonymous|
Felton is only about half an hour of driving from Santa Cruz so you could stay in Santa Cruz quite conveniently. If you want to stay in the midst of Redwood Trees, there are cabins available at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, also only about half an hour from Felton but inwards into the mountains on Hwy 9. April should be nice at Big Basin because there are a couple good sized smaller waterfalls there that should be turned on full blast after the winter rains are over. The waterfalls are maybe...More