What I love about Roaring Camp Railroads, in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is the lush backdrop – their quaint depot (complete with a general store and restrooms) sits at the edge of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and their trains trundle under the cooling canopies of elegant redwoods.
Roaring Camp is about an hour and 15 minutes from the Tri-Valley, and the train ride down to Santa Cruz is about 45 minutes to an hour. Keep in mind that this isn’t a commuter train, so the conductor and engineer display very laid-back personas, and your train may not depart until 15-20 minutes after schedule. But that’s okay, because this is meant to be relaxing – who cares about schedules 🙂
This trip is all about appreciating train travel and the unique landscape of redwood forests – as you wind your way down to Santa Cruz, the conductor offers historical and environmental tidbits about the mountains, natives, and those who built the railroad.
In Santa Cruz step off the train directly in front of the Boardwalk.
Relax on the beach for the day or buy tickets for the rides on the boardwalk.
Pay attention to the train’s return times – there are usually two – one around lunch time and another closer to dinner.
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