Roaring Camp Railroads
Just seven miles north of Santa Cruz sits Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can take scenic rides through the redwoods up to Bear Mountain or down to the boardwalk. There are other activities, like panning for gold or posing for old-timey photos. But let's be honest, the real draws are the big trains.
Welcome to Roaring Camp!
The Redwood Forest Steam Train pulling into the depot.
Passengers on the Redwood Forest Steam Train sit in open-air cars; although some cars have canopies. Roundtrip, the ride is 1 hour and 15 minutes. It takes you through redwood groves up to the summit of Bear Mountain.
What's a park dedicated to railroad history without model railroads?
An interesting take on San Francisco.
A train hauling cars passing cars.
The Santa Cruz Beach Train hauls passengers through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the San Lorenzo River Gorge, and onto the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The first half of the trip contains gorgeous scenery, and the last half takes you directly down neighborhood streets and through a tunnel built in 1875. It then deposits you directly on the boardwalk, right in front of the classic Giant Dipper wooden coaster.
Photos © Matt Sedlar, 2015