Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods

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  • Duration: 1 Hr 15 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    12:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Roaring Camp Railroads
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 states 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.


Train fare

Entry/Admission - Roaring Camp Railroads



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

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

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  • 07-Oct-2019

    it was great fun! more extensive than i expected. very organized. beautiful weather. great grandson freaked at the whistle of the train but after he learned to block his ears, it was great. he is just three yrs.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Unfortunately when we got to the window to pick up our tickets they only had one group of tickets for 4 because there was 13 of us we had to do 3 groups. Was then told they could not find the other 2 and probably would not be able to get on the train. I was assured when I bought the tickets there would not be a problem. But there was and they were just going to dismiss me but I made a fuss and after 10 minutes or so of no one seeming to be able to help they issued comp tickets so we could board. It put a damper on what turned out to be an enjoyable ride.

  • 05-Oct-2018

    My son and grandson really liked it. They had a great time. I always love trains so for me train redwoods, history was a great family time outing.

  • 19-Sep-2018

    This was our first trip on the Roaring Camp Steam Train. What a great time we had! The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the trees. We learned a lot about the habitat. Next time we have friends visit we will take them on the ride.

  • 14-Sep-2018

    Pleasant experience. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Facility is very clean. Great selection of food and beverage.

  • 22-Aug-2018

    This was a well planned and informative experience. The train was great as well as the beauty of the Redwoods.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    It’s educational for the kids and lots of fun for them. As for adults, it could have been better. Make sure to bring bug repellant because I have gotten bitten. Some people are rude due to the fact that as you get off the train at the stop in the mountain, some left their belongings on their seat to save seats. As you climb back to your spot, be aware because some people WILL take your seats if you didn’t save your space. There wasn’t too much info for the guy to talk about as he did already on our way up. Snoozed a few times traveling back. It’s the same route. Once is enough for me.

  • 14-Apr-2018

    We had the best time on this little train. This slice of heaven is worth the small little trip and the small little price. The redwoods are simply amazing and it was so easy to get to and the little town had food and souvenirs. It was a great way to spend our morning before we took off to San Fransisco for a concert.

  • 04-Jan-2018

    I went with my boyfriend and we had a blast! I imagine coming here with kids would be even better, since there are lots of activities.

  • 30-Dec-2017

    Fun trip up the hill and through the woods and back down again.

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