Sit back and relax while the San Diego countryside rolls by during a pleasant round trip train ride on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. The Golden State is the Museum’s classic weekend excursion that has been in operation since 1986. You will depart from the Campo Depot for the approximately 45-minute ride after visiting the Museum’s gift shop and ticket office.
Passengers aboard the Golden State enjoy the rugged back-country scenery of San Diego County as the train travels toward the Mexican border. The train then returns to Campo where passengers may detrain at either the Museum’s equipment display grounds or back at the Campo Depot.
For the safety of our passengers and volunteers, all persons over the age of 2 years old, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated, must wear a face covering for the duration of the train ride and while in any enclosed building at the Museum. Face masks may be purchased at the Campo Depot if you do not bring a face covering.
The Golden State is also available for the general public and weekday group charters on selected Tuesdays. A minimum passenger count is required for these weekday trips and advance reservations ARE required.
Want to ride in the cab of the locomotive? Cab rides are available during our regularly scheduled Golden State trains. For more information, please visit the LOCOMOTIVE CAB RIDES page.
Fares for the Golden State:
Note: All trains depart from the Campo Depot located at 750 Depot St., Campo, CA 91906. Purchase of train ticket also includes admission to the museum.
Infants and Toddlers (Under 3 In Lap) FREE!
Children (ages 3 – 12) $9
Seniors (ages 65 and older) $15
Adults (ages 13 – 64) $18
Locomotive Cab Rides
Cab rides are $40 per person ages 6+.
Only two cab ride spaces are available on each train. Please see the Locomotive Cab Rides page for more details.
To purchase tickets online, please visit our Excursion Calendar.