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Smith Ranch - CLOSED

Julian, CA, Julian, CA
+1 760-765-2288
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This was a wonderful venue but unfortunately the county hit them with a major use permit... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Julian, California
Well worth the ride and visit with the familyt!

It was a cold December, snow on the ground. Nevertheless, we bundled up in our warmest and the... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Brea,CA / Chattanooga, TN
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28 Mar 2017
17 Oct 2016
“Well worth the ride and visit with the familyt!”
Julian, CA, Julian, CA
+1 760-765-2288
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

This was a wonderful venue but unfortunately the county hit them with a major use permit requirement and it was financially impossible to continue. too bad for locals and tourists.

2  Thank adoneforall
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was a cold December, snow on the ground. Nevertheless, we bundled up in our warmest and the family welcomed us. The ride shows the valley below and you're amazed at the effort it took to build. Entering the mine could be a little anti...More

Thank jwalk77
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The tour they give here is so rich in history, humor, and excitement. The rail road took 15 years to build, and was built by hand. The mining caves are still in the process of being dug and they have many relics found from the...More

5  Thank Mary C
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Definitely recommend this tour of an old gold mine to anyone who really wants to learn about Julian's history. This is a family-run business, with the tours run by the landowner, who has been restoring this mine for several decades. Greg is extremely knowledge about...More

3  Thank AmyfromPasadena
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

This Train Tour at Smith Ranch is super fun and informative! My husband and I had so much fun! The owner of the ranch welcomed us at the entrance and led us to the train stop, where we got our train ticket and listened to...More

5  Thank Rachelle W
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

I was not sure what to expect on this is very family friendly but is also fun. And the host are very knowledgable and the thing is hands on, and there true stories about their family being early gold miners are really nice. Do note...More

3  Thank Oceanic93
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Great visit. Very interesting insight into gold mining. Didn't travel very far into the actual mine but this didn't matter at all. Glen our 'guide' was brilliant and certainly knew his subject very well.

3  Thank SayCheeseplease
Reviewed 10 September 2015

I was a little worried about walking the mine because I had several foot surgeries and don't walk too well. It was an easy walk and very cool (temperature) inside.

6  Thank Dawna K
Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

We had a tour with them the man the owner of the ranch they all dressing in period Type clothes his wife and daughters all work cute train and he's a humble man which made the whole experience phenomenal thank you Smith ranch

3  Thank robbywebb
Reviewed 20 August 2015

My family has a long-time love of Julian and when we go we love to visit Smith Ranch Railroad. The Smith family is one of the most genuine, accommodating, beautiful families you will ever meet. They make wonderful hosts for this attraction! The railroad itself...More

3  Thank ginalyn61
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