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“Amazing Adventure”
Review of Smith Ranch - CLOSED

Smith Ranch
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Rexburg, Id
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Adventure”
Reviewed 8 September 2010

Great adventure... Highly Recommended. I can't tell you anymore about it you will just have to go and experience it for yourself. Enjoy...

6 Thank russelhs
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Big Bear Lake, CA
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“So much fun and interesting!!!”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

We almost didn't go....thought it was more for the kids. But when we were in downtown Julian we ran into this cheerful guy in a train engineer's outfit from the Ranch making reservations during Gold Rush Days; after talking to him he convinced us we would enjoy it. We thought the price was a little steep, but after all was said and done, it was worth it! It is located a few miles east of town behind the Mormon church. Sure enough, everyone who worked there had a smile on their face, with bubbly personalities. It was a family-run operation, and even their dog, Honey, enjoyed being a part of it. The mining train ride, mine tour (although not very deep), "gold" panning, and history of the place were very interesting. The whole thing takes a hour and a half. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

14 Thank John A
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Carlsbad, ca
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Smith Ranch (Mine Train)”
Reviewed 5 July 2009

This was originally an "add on" activity to our trip to Julian, but it ended up being the highlight of the trip!

The train ride was adored by both our 4 & 8 yr old sons, and the driver included a lot of interesting facts for the adults as well. I also liked that the view on the way up - the train winds up a hill instead of the typical "slow ride around a circle" that most kiddie trains follow. Interesting views, plus it even picked up a little speed on the way down (would still be fine for seniors - just made it extra-fun for the kids).

At the top of the hill, you get out and explore an authentic mine from 1870. Little kids don hard hats and enter via an old ore cart on wheels. It's a relatively small mine, but as a parent, this was a MUCH better match for our family than the larger mine (with no train).

The kids get some time to pan for "gold nuggets". They then trade these in at the trading post for licorice (and can keep their favorite nugget). Other memorable things at the top included a rope bridge, mini train & log "fort" (the scouts come here for activities and are building that one right now).

The family that runs the ranch is very impressive, and it felt good supporting them (and I'm not normally "mushy" that way). Fun to see father, mother, sons, friends, etc. all working together to put on a heck of a show for families. We'll definitely be back :-)

20 Thank idesign123
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