Location: Julian (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)
Hours: Reservation Only – Groups of 4 or More Required
Features: Take a 1 Mile Train Ride and Explore a Gold Mine
Julian Train Ride & Gold Mine Highlights: This one-hour train ride and gold mine tour explores the history of digging for gold in Julian during the mid-19th century. You will ride on a mining train that crosses over a couple bridges and enters a mine built in the 1870s. Reservations are required and can be made online. Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more. Be sure to dress and prepare appropriately for your visit. View some pictures and read more details at the Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour web page.
Information on Visiting the Julian Train Ride & Gold Mine
Food – There are dozens of food options in Julian. Note, Julian is famous for its Apple Pies, which is available in most restaurants and at several take-out windows.
Directions from Google Maps to Julian, CA 92036. (The Smith Ranch is host to the Train Ride and Gold Mine Tour. It is located 1 mile outside the center of town. You will get exact directions once you make a reservation.)
Traffic – Daytime travel to Julian is relatively easy. After leaving San Diego on highways, the last 30 – 45 minutes of your trip will take place on curvy and hilly two-lane roads. The roads are generally wide enough to make it a comfortable drive for most drivers, despite the winding roads that take you through the Cleveland National Forest and into the mountains. (You will climb to about 4,000 feet above sea level.) Traffic is a little slower during the busier months of September and October but it still moves along quite well. Also, keep an eye out for possible mountain snow in the forecast, when tire chains may be required to get into Julian.
Transit - There is no transit option that gets you into Julian.
Related Attractions – Learn more about the activities in Historic Julian.