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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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2pm Departure
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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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1 - 5 of 10 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago
best scenic train ride

Time with beautiful redwoods, a conductor who was entertaining for the little ones and adults alike, and the chance to be on a real steam train, you cant spend a better hour and a half. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed it

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 18 March 2018
Fun tour with knowledgeable guide.

Took the redwoods tour and the weather was just perfect to sit on the open air carriage. Our conductor was well informed and offered interesting facts about redwoods and the area. Not the cheapest activity (parking was 10dollars extra...) but I think we got our...More

5  Thank Sokerikukko
Reviewed 5 February 2018
Really cool, but long, train ride!

This place was cute - a little geared toward children. I took my 15 year old and we did not do much in the little town area. The train ride was very cool but we could have gone without the stop at the top. There...More

6  Thank Tasiadoo
Reviewed 31 December 2017
Superb train trip through redwoods forest

This is a fantastic trip through a private redwoods forest near Felton, California. Passengers ride in open railcars, so be prepared with appropriate outer clothing. The trip takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes -- not long but very informative. On some excursions, the cars...More

3  Thank JV-NA-365
Reviewed 11 December 2017
Very fun day - good family outing!

We rode the train from Felton to Santa Cruz, spent the day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk with a great meal on the pier, and then rode the train back to Felton. The scenery is amazing and the ride through down town Santa Cruz is...More

Thank Lucy E
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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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