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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 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

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We visited in August and had a good time with our two children. We took the train ride up the mountain which was quite nice and ended up doing a hike after the train ride at the bottom of the hill through the old growth...More

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We took the beach train yesterday and had a fantastic trip up to Felton and back. George was the conductor on the microphone and he was very amusing and extremely informative, we had such a fun time. The huge sequoia trees were stunning and Roaring...More

1  Thank Natalie E
Reviewed 26 August 2018

The station and facility were fine, and the train ride we really enjoyed, but on arriving you are charged $10 dollars just to park your car. After spending $110 for a family of 4 to ride the train we felt that the parking charge is...More

2  Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 23 August 2018

we really enjoyed our stop at Roaring Camp. they have a nice little village area with plenty to see. i'm sure it is more active during the summer but it was still good while we were there in late January. They have a gift shop...More

Thank slightlyheavy
Reviewed 23 August 2018

I was expecting more. It was just a train ride in the middle of the trees very slowly. Nothing fun....

Thank Keity O
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Hidden gem of a ride. Great way to experience Redwoods, lovely hour long ride. Highly recommend. Bit of Wild West Experience.

Thank Seanquinn45
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The staff was curteous.. the atomphere was super fun... looked like we were in the “West”. Steam Train was a nice relaxing. Good to spend a nice afternoon.

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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