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Welcome to SMITH RANCH in Julian, CA!

"We're the ones with the train." We invite you to join us on an exciting journey through frontier America--Julian style. Experience the gold mines, the farms, the home life, the travel and family fun. We're open Monday-Saturday by reservation. We currently offer the following tours & field trips for individuals, families, groups & schools:


JULIAN TRAIN & GOLD MINE TOUR ~ "THE JULIAN TRAIN RIDE"  1½ hours, all ages welcome, includes a 1-mile scenic & historic train ride on our narrow gauge "Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad", a tour of our authentic 1870 gold rush mine, gold panning for the kids, and more! (Monday-Saturday by reservation generally at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, & 2:30 pm. Available year-round.

PIONEERWAYS ADVENTURE   hour group tour, all ages welcome, includes 1-mile train ride, a tour of our 1870 gold rush mine (riding in mine cars!), Pony Express, panning for gold and more. (Available year-round.) *Bonus:  Free Julian Apple Pie for the next 9 teachers who reserve a Pioneerways Adventure Tour for their school!

JULIAN CA GOLD RUSH ADVENTURE ~  2½ hour group tour, all ages welcome, includes 1-mile train ride, gold mine tour, and more. (Available year-round.)

AMERICAN REVOLUTION ADVENTURE   hour group tour, all ages welcome, includes 1-mile train ride.  "Turn out! Turn out! The Redcoats are coming!" Experience life in 1700's Colonial America at the time of the Revolution! (Available year-round.) 

PILGRIM THANKSGIVING ADVENTURE 2½ hour group tour, all ages welcome, includes 1-mile train ride. (Available only during the month of November. So you don't miss out, sign up now for November 2010.)

JULIAN CHRISTMAS TRAIN EXPRESS ~ 1-1½ hour tour, all ages welcome. --NEWS FLASH!--We think we might have accidentally dug into the North Pole inside our gold mine! We're calling all experts, especially children, to check it out! (Includes 1-mile train ride, 1870 gold rush mine visit, and country Christmas surprises. Available November & December 2010.)

Smith Ranch is a wonderful place for your next:

  • Birthday parties
  • Cub Scout, Girl scout, Boy Scout adventure
  • Homeschool day trip
  • Classroom field trip
  • Family reunion
  • Staff getaway
  • Staycation adventure and so much more!


Please phone or email us today to reserve your next educational and fun adventure at Smith Ranch!

Phone: 760-765-2288                                                       Email: greg@pioneerways.com