Roaring Camp Railroad Tours is one of those things you gotta do at least once for fun. They have two different routes to chose from and have different events depending on the time of year. I’ve wanted to come do this tour since the last time we stayed in Santa Cruz and finally got to do it. It was so much fun and relaxing. It was exciting to take a different form of transportation. I mean how often do you get an opportunity to ride a train through the redwoods and city? The train had small buildings all around and the interior seemed like it was stuck in time.
We left Santa Cruz Redwood RV Resort at 9:15am. If you want to read more about Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort click here. We crossed the San Lorenzo River to get to the train station. The train to Santa Cruz Boardwalk was scheduled to leave at 10:15 in the morning. The beach train drove through Henry Cowell State Park. This park is beautiful with gorgeous trees all around. You ride the train across the 1909 steel truss bridge and through a 1875 tunnel. The bridge sounded like it was from 1909 and the tunnel smelled like 1875! Hahahaha! While taking the hour long train, there was an older gentleman that gave fun facts on a microphone. He really loves his job because he spoke the ENTIRE time.
It was lovely to travel this way. I highly recommend you try it at least once. The best part you don’t have to worry about getting back because all you have to do is meet the train when it departs. We took the last train back at 4:15 pm so we could enjoy the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. You can walk until your feet drop and let them rest on the train ride back!
Location: Roaring Camp Railroad