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Roaring Camp Railroads

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95018-9745
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride...

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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Beautiful scenery

A great half day activity. A train ride about an hour up into the redwoods to a picturesque little camp with a number of activities available. We chose to have a nice lunch (the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Meridian, Idaho
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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great half day activity. A train ride about an hour up into the redwoods to a picturesque little camp with a number of activities available. We chose to have a nice lunch (the cowboy BBQ) -- the BBQ ribs were excellent. Then a relaxing hour back to Santa Cruz.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a little nervous that the trip would be geared for children and that a group of adults would be bored. Boy were we wrong. The scenery was breathtaking and the trip was great fun. It was a whole different perspective to seeing the redwoods and being deep in the forest. We all enjoyed the fresh air and the... More 

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Santa Cruz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this many times as a child, went back and did the Beach Train recently with friends. Its a lovely way to spend a few hours and you'll see parts of the ara you rarely or never see otherwise. Highly recommend for locals and visitors alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is totally different to any excursion we have ever taken before and cannot recommend it highly enough. The train ride was the main reason we went but the trip through the giant redwoods really blew us away. Did a little bit of shopping in the store and had a quick bite to eat at the cookhouse.

Swedesboro, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With only two days in Santa Cruz and only part of each day for sightseeing, we chose this over other things and we were glad we did. Nothing like this in the east! Get up close and personal with the coastal redwoods in a protected forest. The open train goes up and down the hillsides a couple of times. Giant... More 

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Fresno, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First-time visitors, we took a late-day (3:30 p.m.) ride. It's a little over an hour and we enjoyed it immensely. Cute little "town" with a few buildings--General Store, Walk-up Restaurant, Outdoor BBQ, Old-Time Photos, Blacksmith. Nicely done, with lots of area to stroll and enjoy the outdoor venue. Also there are several train cars & lots of history, along with... More 

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Scottsville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a quick trip of 1 1/2 hours but is not too expensive and the information provided is very useful. We got to see huge trees and it was a nice way to do it

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tag a ride through the trees with a walk through the Henry Cowell Redwoods, which is immediately adjacent. In fact, you can walk between the two. We thoroughly enjoyed the 1 1/2 hour ride on the steam train and the tour guide's description of what we were seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

If you're a railroad buff in general and a narrow gauge buff specifically, this is a must see! They've got a restored Shay and Heissler that will get any rail fan's blood going! The ride through the Santa Cruz redwoods is amazing. There's a fun train robbery at the top of the hill that's a lot of laughs! Well worth... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

I'd been here about 20 years ago and had good memories, so I came back with my own kids. The ride through the redwoods is enjoyable but there aren't really any "wow" moments with great views or high trestle. We took the afternoon ride on a weekday, so it was kids' fares for everyone. Still, at $20 per person, I... More 

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