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Roaring Camp Railroads

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Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95018-9745
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+1 831-335-4484
09:30 - 17:00
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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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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods
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Beautiful, fun, MUST DO

We had a group of 10 of us. Babies, teens, and adults. This is great for ALL ages! My 2 year old son was amazed at the steam coming out of the train and we all loved exploring the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
Danielle T
Turlock, California
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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We had a group of 10 of us. Babies, teens, and adults. This is great for ALL ages! My 2 year old son was amazed at the steam coming out of the train and we all loved exploring the redwoods. We got some hot coco at the little general store before we got on and it was actually some of... More 

2 Thank Danielle T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We rode the train from Felton up through the redwoods We had a friend in a wheel chair and most things were handicap accessible they even had a special lift they rolled out to get her on and off the train We ride the day before Thanksgiving and it was a full Train Many people brought their dogs and they... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Read the reviews and was a bit hesitant to try it, I mean a train seems a bit childish but boy was I wrong. First off, the setting is absolutely breathtaking; surrounded by redwoods that can reach 300 feet high is something I only dreamed about. The train itself is amazing too! The steam power is something to behold. The... More 

Thank sbarajasjr
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

One of the most fun things to do near santa cruz. We went and really enjoyed it. I loved the scenic trip through the redwood forest. I cannot vouch for the trip to the boardwalk as it was not open when we went because it was near to the end of the season. I can truly recommend this to anyone,... More 

Thank Marvin R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Was one of my favorite things I did on my trip to California....take a old steam train though the redwood forest...exceeeded my expectations...felt so peaceful and was beautiful....a must do for children and adults!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful country. Recommend the open cars as most of the route is under cover of the beautiful redwoods. The conductor was somewhat entertaining and knowledgeable. Would go again.

Thank Sherrie C
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Went here with my family and my little nephew. It was a fun filled place with lots of things to see. Great wild West theme. We took a ride on the steam train and it was definitely the highlight of the trip. The ride went through a very scenic route and the guide was very informative. Bring your camera along... More 

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We had a fraternity reunion at Roaring Camp and the rail ride through the redwoods was one activity. Theta Chi brothers enjoyed the ride, talking more than gawking as their purpose was to reunite. It is a scenic little run, however.

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West Chester, PA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Slow and boring, no commentary (like we were promised), up and back the same way, long stop in the middle of nowhere - this is the worst train experience we have ever had. And it's expensive! $27/person to be bored out of your minds for 1 1/2 hours. What a disappointment! Sorry we wasted vacation time on this.

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 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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