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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

  • 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
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.

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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Reviewed yesterday
Our trip to Santa Cruz

Lots of family fun... Very Knowledgeable conductor on train nice park with lots of fun activities for kids

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Terrific train ride AND BBQ

We took our 7 year old granddaughter- she LOVED it. Steam train ride was scenic, interesting commentary, enjoyed the stop and stroll at Bear Mtn. BBQ was great choice, live Western music, horse for kids to admire, kid-friendly food choices AND marshmallow roast. Our daughter...More

1  Thank Jeffery R
Reviewed 3 days ago
Steam train through the redwoods

My two kids (ages 7 & 9) and husband visited the camp and road the train to Bear Mountain. The authentic steam train itself is worth seeing. The forest was beautiful. The conductor rides in the back and tells you all about the history of...More

1  Thank t0kb0und
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
A must if traveling with young kids

My two kids (3 and 4), husband, two adult friends and I had a blast on the hour long train ride. It was the perfect amount of sitting because we were able to get off at the top of Bear Mountain and walk around for...More

1  Thank ricadiculous
Reviewed 4 days ago
Absolutely Beautiful!

This was my third time to take this wonderful ride through the Redwoods. The trains are so much fun! The old time trains whistle is enchanting. The young man that collects the tickets gives an amazing narrative about the redwoods, the steam engine and the...More

Thank Diane E
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8 July 2018|
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Response from Eaglepipeclub | Reviewed this property |
Parking is $10. You can either park at Roaring Camps or park at the Henry Cowell State Park with the state fee at $10. I used the Park because it is closer to the train station and then came back to the State Park to walk... More
24 April 2018|
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Response from Stevej95060 | Reviewed this property |
I haven't actually taken the Bear Mountain train. It's a separate train which I believe only runs on special occasions - I could be wrong about that. Roaring Camp is located on Graham Hill Road, just east of downtown... More
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