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April 14 - April 21
With spring in full bloom experience spring wildflowers from aboard our special Wildflower Train Rides available on four weekend dates—April 13, 14, 20 & 21—and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Arrive early! Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills by watching an informative presentation hosted by Railtown 1897’s Interpretive staff.
Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake, answering questions and pointing 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. Along the way, 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 a packet of wildflower seeds.
Wildflower Train tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. With some open air seating available, train ride tickets are available online 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 suggested.
Please note: Wildflower abundance is dependent on annual rainfall totals. Visible wildflowers are not guaranteed.