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Roaring Camp Railroads

Open Now: 09:30 - 17:00
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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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Reviewed 3 days 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
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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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
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 2 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 2 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 3 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
Thank ExpoNationals
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jothexplorer
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Jill W
28 September 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
23 June 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
5 April 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