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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods provided by Roaring Camp Railroads

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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

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Ride through the Santa Cruz redwood forests aboard a steam locomotive on this alternative sightseeing tour, a great choice for travelers with limited time. Guarantee access to the popular and often sold-out Roaring Camp Steam Train by booking in advance, and personalize your itinerary by choosing from a range of departure times.
  • Book your ticket ahead of time to avoid sold-out departure times for the train
  • Learn about the redwood forest through your train conductor's commentary
  • Explore the Bear Mountain summit and its attractions
  • Walk through the historic village at the train's base camp
What to Expect
Find your way to the Roaring Camp Steam train's departure point in the town of Felton. Make your way through the recreation of an historic town and exchange your voucher for a ticket on the train ride you have chosen. Booking this ticket ahead of time guarantees your spot and your choice of departure time; rides often sell out, especially in the summer. Sit down on the open train and enjoy the scenery as the train chugs through the redwood forest. Listen to your conductor's commentary, which will fill you in on the history of the area and the train system in California. You'll learn that the train itself dates back to the 1800s and is one of the country's best preserved narrow-guage steam engines. When you reach Bear Mountain's summit, hop out to stretch your legs and explore the nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Return to Roaring Camp at the end of your ride, which takes about an hour.
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Important Information
1h 15m
  • Train fare
  • Entry/Admission - Roaring Camp Railroads
  • Entry/Admission - Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Picnic tables for rent
  • Parking ($10; payable at time of travel)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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OregonMaryT wrote a review Mar 2020
Oregon City, Oregon63 contributions25 helpful votes
If it's cool, bundle up as the train gets cold. There are better places in California to view redwoods or sequoias than this location. Train ride had moderators. One, the "conductor", and some lady from a save-the-trees organization. "George The Conductor", finished the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Virginia H wrote a review Mar 2020
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My 15 year old athletic grandson, 10 years old theatrical granddaughter, and I enjoyed the train ride, learned about the redwoods, and reaffirmed the importance of caring for our planet. I highly recommend it, if you care anything about nature.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Amy B wrote a review Mar 2020
Clovis, California1 contribution
I’m not one to give one star reviews but our experience was horrible. My husband and I took our 3 young children (ages 5, 3, and 2) to Santa Cruz for a couple of days to enjoy the beach, rides, and visit my niece who is there for college. I found this train ride online and was
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Date of experience: March 2020
Nate B wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia54 contributions3 helpful votes
Sensational train ride. Super informative with a great presentation by the conductor. Picnic basket was prepared for the trip which was more then enough food for the price. It is an amazing sight to see and well worth your time and money. Really good history in the forest and
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Susan F wrote a review Feb 2020
Yorba Linda, California17 contributions2 helpful votes
We began our slow train journey through old-growth redwoods on a sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon. The train was crowded but not uncomfortably so. (Hint: book your reservations ahead of time. They sell out quickly). Our conductor was attired in period costume and was pleasant
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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Jerry N
Loads of fun for whole family.
One of the highlights of our family vacation last summer was the Beach Train from Roaring Camp in Felton to the Bea
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Bret W
Slow Ride, Take it Easy
If you are visiting the central coast, this is great way to see the coastal redwood forest while riding a historic
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Lin H
Day out from Santa Cruz
This is a must if in the area. To avoid disappointment would recommend booking in advance as the train gets booked
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Ramona X
Love in the Redwoods...
A wedding in the redwoods! I traveled to Felton from Fremont CA for a family wedding on Labor Day weekend 2019. It
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Always Magical
I've ridden the steam train on numerous occasions at the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton (Santa Cruz Mountains) an
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Another great day at Roaring Camp
I took my out-of-town cousin to Roaring Camp the Friday following Thanksgiving and we had a great time even though
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Learned a lot of interesting things about redwoods
This was a fun event. Lots of families and the little ones were having a blast. Music and the blacksmith were a rea
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Vintage train ride
The ride in a century old vintage steam engine with open air views is a journey through enjoy as you pas
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Overpriced, poor customer service, trains delayed without explanation
Not a great experience. Brought my kids for Thomas and Percy. Arrived an hour ahead of time as they requested. On a
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Liliana L
You will feel like a child again
A very fun way to see the redwoods of Santa Cruz. It certainly takes you back in time and makes you feel like a chi
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David A
Trees and Boardwalk
I like riding trains, even a commute by train is a positive for me, so I'm disposed to like heritage railways. The
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Afternoon ride
The train ride was a fun way to travel. We took an afternoon beach train to the boardwalk. I would suggest if you w
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Fun way to spend an afternoon
We took the train from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp. It was a very fun and relaxing afternoon. The conductor is ent
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Stay out side not under cover
Hi this train is a blast from the past. We went on the steam train to the red woods. Unfortunately we went on a car
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Relaxing and enjoyable train ride from Felton to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
Taking the train at Roaring Camp near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, to spend an afternoon at the beach and the
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  • Roaring Camp Railroads, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Duration: 1h 15m
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