Frequently Asked Questions


Where are you located?
see Driving Directions

What are your hours of operation?
Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Parking closes at 5:00 p.m., unless trains are operating.
We stay open until the last guest has left, typically around 5:30 p.m.

What are your admission prices?
see Redwood Forest Steam Train or Santa Cruz Beach Train

Is there a charge for parking?
YES $10/ vehicle

Do you have Annual Passes?
YES – $75 includes unlimited Redwood Forest Steam and Santa Cruz Beach Trains. $100 includes parking in addition to the unlimited train rides

Please call 831.335.4484 to order.

Note: Annual Pass tickets are not valid for special events.

Is there a price for just visiting the park, not including the trains?
NO, Admission to the grounds (not the park) is free except during special events. Admission to the Civil War event during Memorial Day Weekend is $5 per person and parking is $10 per car. Guests who purchase Redwood Forest Steam Train or Santa Cruz Beach Train tickets receive $2 off admission.

Do you offer a family pass?

Is the park handicap accessible?
YES – Please call 831 335.4484 and speak to park staff for more information.

Do you have wheelchairs/motorized carts?
Yes, we do have wheelchairs available for rent at the ticket office.

Do you have strollers available?

Do you allow weddings at the park?
YES – see Wedding information in Groups section

Are animals allowed at the park?
YES, on leash.

Do you have kennel facilities?

Are pets allowed aboard the Roaring Camp Redwood Forest Train?
YES, with limited space – please check with the ticket agent on the day of your visit.

Are pets allowed aboard the Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway?
Dogs are permitted aboard the train, however it is at the discretion of the conductor whether or not the dog will need to wear a muzzle. Animals needed to assist guests (such as guide dogs) are welcome at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Other pets, however, are not allowed on the Boardwalk or at the Santa Cruz city main beach. A “doggie” beach is available next to the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive (hours are restricted) and there are several boarding / kennel facilities within the Santa Cruz area.

What hotels/motels are nearby?

Can I bring my RV to the park?
YES, but not overnight.

Is there public transportation to the park?
Santa Cruz Metro Transit Route 35 stops at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Felton Covered Bridge a short walk from Roaring Camp. Taxis from Santa Cruz also visit.

Do you offer a AAA discount?
NO. From time-to-time, we place advertising in tourist publications such as AAA magazines and will offer a limited discount offer, but we are not authorized by AAA to offer a AAA Show Your Card and Save Discount.

Do you accept credit cards?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & ATM cards.

Do you have lockers?

Are there picnic areas inside the park?
YES – Picnic tables are available for all day rental at a cost of $25 per table. Inquire with ticket office day of or call 831 335.4484 for advance reservations.

Do you sell food?

Can you bring your own food?

What else is there to do in the area?
Santa Cruz County:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, beaches, historic downtown Santa Cruz, Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries (wine tasting), numerous world-class golf courses, sailing, ocean kayaking and surfing/wave boarding, Año Nuevo State Reserve (elephant seals), historic Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Surfing Museum, ocean sportfishing and river steelhead fishing, cycling, hiking trails, California Mission Santa Cruz.

Monterey/Carmel –
Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula

Silicon Valley – Great Mall of the Bay Area, Intel Museum, Winchester Mystery House, The Tech Museum, NASA Ames Research Center, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford Shopping Center, California’s Great America.

San Francisco – Blue & Gold Fleet, Pier 39, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf

Gilroy – Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Salinas – National Steinbeck Center, California Missions in San Juan Bautista, Monterey and Carmel.

See Area Attractions

Does Roaring Camp make contributions to local groups?
YES – see Donations Program