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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
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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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A Step Back in Time!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great train ride from Felton to the boardwalk. Redwoods are really nice. Nice narration too. Tip: We took the morning ride to boardwalk, left at 12:15pm but get here early for return trip, there was a ton of people going up to the woods and back to boardwalk which we did not know and barely got a seat. Just wish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The railroad is easy to find about 5 miles out of Santa Cruz. Parking was $8 but there were lots of attendants showing you to your space. There are 2 main trains from Roaring Camp, one to Santa Cruz boardwalk hauled by a diesel and one up the mountain hauled by a historic steam train. We had opted for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very entertaining and fun way to spend an afternoon! We took the steam train into the Redwood Forest and it was a very memorable ride. The weekend that we were there they had a special ride for the little ones with Thomas the Tank Engine and all the kids seemed to love it! I would highly recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just right beside Henry Cowell Redwood State park. It passes the Redwood forest of course and Santa Cruz. Good experience overall if you have extra time to kill.

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Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we approached the property from the parking lot I wondered if we had made a mistake. It was just me and my mom and it felt very kid-park-ish. First impressions were wrong. This is a really well done, fun destination. While on the train, I learned a lot of fun facts about the train, the steam train, and the... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A return visit for me, with family and friends. This time we boarded the train in town and enjoyed the ride thru the forest to the camp. The train has two enclosed cars, several open sided cars and several open flatcars. We had lunch in the camp and took the return trip to town.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The train ride from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to the 1st drop off was really pretty! I would definitely sit in one of the outside cars bc the views are better. That being said...once you get to "roaring camp" stop....it has a feel of being a tourist trap. There's not a really a whole lot to do or see there... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is done very well and we really enjoyed our time there. They offer food and beverages for sale and they have a blacksmith, general store, entertainment, etc.. Everyone was so nice! There was a wedding the day that we went and they actually had their own train ride up into the Redwoods to get married on the mountain,... More 

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