Roaring Camp Railroads Calendar of Events — 2014


Rain Forest Weekends

JAN 4 – MARCH 30

Learn about California's own Coastal Redwood Forest. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains just a few miles from the ocean, the forest flourishes in moderate temperatures and a year-round water supply provided by the Pacific systems and dense fog.



Model Railroad Exhibit

APRIL 12 & 13

Kids can’t get enough of these tiny trains, broccoli size trees and little red cabooses. Watch your child’s face light up as they play engineer chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them.

Once the Model Railroad Exhibit feeds their imagination, the “Real Trains” will be waiting outside to transform imagination into reality. Join us for a special day on the railway.



Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

APRIL 19 & 20

Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.

The magic of trains, mixed with the magic of the Easter Bunny. It’s... it’s… EGGSTRAORDINARY!



34rd Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment

MAY 24 – 26

Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier’s daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day’s campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!



Redwood Mountain Faire

MAY 31 & JUNE 1

Music lovers, arts/crafts aficionados, and people of all ages will enjoy this remarkable festival. The annual Redwood Muntain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages, with juried fine art and crafts, exciting children’s activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines. The Faire benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations and is organized by the Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley.



FREE Heritage Events


Free Heritage Events all Summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing press, blacksmith and engine house tours, live music and panning for gold.

Free Weekday Heritage Activities

Monday: Watch Roaring Camp’s Blacksmith make tools and ornamental ironwork from the coals of a real working forge. Demonstrations are free.
Tuesday: See a real Old-Fashioned Printing Press in action and be amazed by the skill and artistry required of print makers in the past. Demonstrations are free.
Wednesday: Learn about the effort that went into lighting up the darkness for past generations from our Candle Making Artisan. One free candle per guest.
Thursday: Meet one of our expert Steam Engineers during a 15 minute presentation before your exciting journey to Bear Mountain. Afterward, tour Roaring Camp’s Engine House. Presentations and tours are free.
Friday: Roll up your sleeves and try your luck as a forty-niner at the Gold-Panning station. One, unlimited, free round of Gold-Panning per guest.

Free Weekend Living History

Celebrate the history of Roaring Camp with the Town Marshal or visit with costumed characters from the Santa Cruz Mountains’ storied past who will be strolling the streets of the town.

On the weekends, Candle Making is $3, and Gold Panning is $1 to try your luck and $5 for guaranteed gold. You can also choose to dig in at the Chuckwagon BBQ, prices vary. Race your own Handcar down the rails, $2, or pose in our authentic period costumes at our Old West Photo Studio. Individual Portrait $30, Couples $40, Groups +$5 per additional subject.



Kids Fare


Our Steam Train takes you through the Redwoods and back, and our Beach Train takes you to Santa Cruz and back. No matter which route you choose, what people enjoy going back to most is their own childhood. That’s why, this summer, everybody rides for the Kid’s Fare WEEKDAYS AFTER 2 pm.

Purchase advance tickets here for the 2:15 Beach Train or the 2:01 Redwoods Train. Click on “Kid 4 a Day.”

It will be the most fun you’ve had since you were a kid!



Father's Day — Hats Off to Dad


Salute Dad on Father's Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and then tuck into an old-fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ platter. Each dad will receive an engineer's cap with the purchase of any BBQ platter meal and one dad will be selected to go on a cab ride in the locomotive!

Click Here to download the advanced Steam Train ticket and Chuckwagon BBQ reservation form.




Great Train Robberies


Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!




Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train


Experience the beauty of an ancient redwood forest lit up at night from Pullman-like coaches and open-air excursion cars of the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway. Smell the aroma of redwood, pines, Tan Oaks and Madrone trees while traveling under the stars. Evening trains depart from and return to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a leisurely two-hour round-trip along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Purchase advance tickets here



4th of July Family Fun Events


Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.





Once in a Lifetime Steam Train Ride through Santa Cruz

JULY 11–13

Take a ride with the original Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company Engine No. 2, coming home to the Santa Cruz Mountains! This 105 year old Steam Train has been restored, fired up, and will be chugging through the streets of Santa Cruz. The Chiggen, named after the chicken restaurant it once advertised, will depart from the Boardwalk on Friday, July 11 and from Roaring Camp Railroads on July 12–13, making its way through Santa Cruz, up the Davenport Branch Line and back. This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to ride a Steam Train through Santa Cruz!

Reserve your tickets here.

Watch The Chiggen in action!



Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party


Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty barbecue steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical sing-along. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and a country western band await you. Get into the swing of things by line dancing or two-stepping the night away. The final Moonlight Dinner Party of the year will feature local favorite Sherry Austin and the Henhouse! For more information, click here:

The event runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Purchase advance tickets here




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