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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
+1 831-335-4484
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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Visited the area for Labor Day weekend. This was a great way of combining two of my favorite things: steam trains 🚂 and redwood trees. At an hour and a quarter, the ride is just long enough to avoid becoming monotonous. There is also a...More

Thank asl492
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We were told to arrive 45 minutes early for our 10:15 train, but then the train didn't leave until 10:40. They just kept everyone waiting with no announcement explaining the delay. Later we planned to take the 4:15 train back to Roaring Camp, but the...More

1  Thank Laura L
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This was a great way for us to get to Santa Cruz boardwalk with the family. We had a group of 28 that road on the outside train on the way to the boardwalk and enjoyed going through the redwoods and seeing the beauty. On...More

Thank Becky P
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Good booking experience except for they don't mention the $10 parking fee until after you've paid for reservation. Arrival and check-in not too bad, but we had to line up for "will call" tickets in the same line as walk-ups, so it could have been...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Fun, casual ride through California redwoods! A little bumpy at times but that's to be expected! Conductor narrated the ride with history on the area and information about the redwood trees. Very enjoyable!

Thank Letha D
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

My co worker and I took a chance on this trip while staying for work in Santa Cruz and had a really good time. The steam rain takes the rided back in time to vintage America. The scenery was breathraking as you ride along through...More

Thank jerryde
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We stayed in Santa Cruz and took the beach train to the Redwoods and then back to Santa Cruz. The conductor was very interesting and the whole trip was perfect. We had an hour when we got to the Redwoods which was the perfect amount...More

1  Thank Sandy D
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

My three-year-old and I went to ride the train because she loves trains, and horses. The length of the ride was perfect and she enjoyed it immensely. The conductor/guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a really good time. There is a nice picnic area,...More

1  Thank Janine W
Reviewed 28 August 2018

My friend was in a wheelchair so we were quite delighted to have a lift take her up into the train. It would be nice to have benches to sit on while you wait for the train. We started at the beach and rode to...More

1  Thank Sanine W
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Had a great time wouldn’t suggest eating at the BBQ it was a total waste the food was cold and no flavor everything else about the place was 5***** for sure

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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