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Wildflower Train Rides At Railtown 1897

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Date(s) - 04/10/2021 - 04/18/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Wildly Popular Wildflower Train Rides

In compliance with all state, city, and county guidelines, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud and excited to offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard an historic train. With limited availability, Wildflower Train Rides are available on two weekends – April 10-11 & 17-18, 2021 – and sell out quickly. Train rides depart from the Depot promptly at 4:15 p.m. each day.

During the picturesque train ride experience, local naturalist experts and/or interpretive staff at Railtown 1897 will answer questions and point out flower groupings along the way. Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic landscapes of California’s Gold Country. While the abundance of wildflower viewing is dependent on annual rainfall and weather conditions, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom. Train ride guests receive a checklist, wildflower booklet and poppy seed packet, and more.

Popular Wildflower Train Ride tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. Plus, qualifying memberships receive a $5 discount. With limited seating available, train ride tickets are available online in advance at or at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Tickets include Park admission, capacity is limited, and advance reservations are strongly suggested.

In addition to the special Wildflower Trains in the afternoon, Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these four dates with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Regular weekend excursion ride tickets are available online or at the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All regular weekend excursion train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17, and are free for children five and under.

The excursion train ride schedule is subject to change with expanded service offered on most holiday weekends. For more information about Railtown 1897 SHP, visitors are encouraged to call 209-984-3953 or visit