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!

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Experience Californias redwoods as never before, by taking a steam train through one of the Golden States towering ancient forests. Be inspired by both the natural beauty of the groves and the engineering prowess of this hulking locomotive, which dates back to the 1890s.

Hop aboard the train at Roaring Camp in Felton, near the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 80 miles south of San Francisco. Settle into your open-air car and hang on as you chug past hundreds of old-growth redwoods with an unobstructed view.

As you make your way up to the top of Bear Mountain, youll cruise over trestles and glide beneath the verdant canopy. Along the way, the knowledgeable train conductor will illuminate the forest with bits of history about how it was formed and facts about the local wildlife, as well as stories about the railroad and Roaring Camp. Learn about how steam locomotives similar to the one youll be riding are among the oldest and best preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in America, and were once used to schlep redwood logs down from the mountains. Youll have plenty of time to admire your surroundings on the 1-hour round trip ride.

At the summit, study the architecture and visit the old-fashioned general store. Capture the moment in the vintage photo booth and peek inside the charmingly woodsy sheriffs office. Stretch your legs and take in the majestic surroundings on a nature stroll through nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Please note: Picnic tables are available at Roaring Camp for all-day rental. Inquire at the ticket office when you visit. Gates open at 9:30am, and parking closes at 5pm, unless trains are still operating. There is an $8 per vehicle parking fee.

Inclusions for Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

  • Train fare

Exclusions for Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Picnic tables for rent
  • Parking ($10; payable at time of travel)

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

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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39 reviews by the users

  • The train was fun and it was wonderful seeing all the redwood trees, the guide was great . It was very enjoyable .

  • A great attraction. Fun for all from 8 through 80.

  • This was a good afternoon out.. bit too long for the little ones though

  • Took the Roaring Camp Steam Train thru the Redwoods did not disappoint, printed the voucher in advanced and had set time, arrived checked in and enjoyed the beautiful ride, highly recommend, Have used this site while traveling thru Boston and have enjoyed

  • This tour is most definitely geared to families with children. We had visited Muir Woods two days beforehand so this did not compare. I would not suggest for adults who can truly experience the Redwoods by going to Muir Woods instead but if you can't it's an alright alternative. What truly bothered me though is that after paying almost 60 for two adult tickets we pull up and are charged 10 for parking! Outrageous. Unnecessary and a true turn-0ff! You have people in a position where they have no alternative, they have already paid what I think is a high entry fee and now, you ask them to pay top park. Bad business practice. Penny-wise and pound-foolish resulting in this poor rating and a bad customer experience.

  • Booking the tickets on line was a great way to avoid lines -- we simply gave our name at the window and the tickets were ready for us, no hassles. I will definitely do it this way the next time we go there. Thank you for a great experience!

  • A terrific trip and excellent value for money. Roaring Camp is so well run, we had a great lunch and shopped for souvenirs before our train ride. Sitting in an open carriage we could see everything, the Redwoods are just amazing, the train ride was fantastic. This is great for all ages, the kids had a ball and the grand-parents did too. A definite 'must' if you are in the area.

  • It was so beautiful, relaxing, and informative! We had three kids under 8 and they loved every minute. The adults were totally intrigued and we are so pleased that there are still steam trains in operation. Thanks for a wonderful day!!!

  • This was a very relaxing ride through the redwoods of California. Fun time on the train and walking through the woods.

  • The trip was wonderful, nature at its best. Travelling up into the forest by good old steam was fantastic. We had amazing weather and I recommend travelling in an open top carriage, the trees shade most of the track and it gives the true perspective of these wonderful red wood giants in all their glory.

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