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Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

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Explore the Santa Cruz Mountains on a historic train ride through a redwood forest from Roaring Camp in Felton, California. Admire the ancient redwood groves from the comfort of a steam locomotive chugging up the hillside. Venture into the forest and learn about the region from your informative train conductor, then explore an old-fashioned village where you can shop and take photos. This journey is fun for the whole family and a great way to see the beauty of California, as well as learn about the state’s railroad and engineering history. All aboard!
  • 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
Departure Point
Roaring Camp Railroads
Departure Time
11:00 AM
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fun and unique way to view the redwoods. It was nice to have a guide explain things as well. if you have time, I would recommend this stop
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I love this narrow gauge working railroad ride it was amazing I could do it over and over! The redwoods are gorgeous the steam engine is unique and everything about it was a joy! Thank you thank you thank you
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Great experience especially for those of us with mobility needs like myself, or just simply those of us who don't get around as well as they used to or don't want to walk as far. There are bathrooms at the top of the mountain where there is a 15min break, great for the kids, and
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We had such a great time on the train. Delightful, charming, and educational. As a native Californian, I didn't realize how much deforestation has destroyed these magnificent trees. The young conductor was a font of information. His patter was very interesting and informing.
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We had a great time and learned so much . The RedWoods are such magnificent things and deserves our respect. This forest is one of the few remaining in its original form and the atmosphere inside is magical. Don’t miss the walk beside the station where you can see and feel and
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