For train lovers young and old a trip on one of the Roaring Camp Railroads routes is an absolute must. This is an amazing chance to ride a real steam train through some of the most beautiful landscape this part of the country has to offer. Regular journeys depart throughout the year. Special events are also organized for various holidays.
Things to Do
- Roaring Camp Railroads offer two routes for their would-be passengers. The first is a one hour round trip in the stunning Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where your steam train will be dwarfed by the mighty trees rising high above it.
- The second route offers a longer trip which begins in the State Park but takes you down into San Lorenzo River Gorge before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
- If you are a true railroad nut you can take the chance to be an engineer for the day. Ride up in the cab with the senior engineer and the fireman and help them in their duties to keep the train running. You have to be over 18 years old to take part in this activity.
Roaring Camp Railroads Insider Tips
- All kinds of fun educational and interactive programs can be organized for children and school groups at Roaring Camp. These include living history programs on the Civil War and the pioneers. Other hands on packages can also be booked for kids to learn how to pan for gold, make candles and learn how to dance like the pioneers did.