See the Majestic Redwoods by Train
Take a leap back to 1885 and see the Noyo River Canyon as the loggers and their families did over 135 years ago, on the Skunk Train!
Why is it called the Skunk Train?
These gas-powered rail cars were first introduced back in 1925, when they used oil burning stoves to keep passengers from getting too cold. The mix of burning gas and oil created quite a smell for anyone in its path. Since it was common to be able to smell the train before you could see it, it was nicknamed, The Skunk.
The train isn’t quite as smelly anymore thanks to the diesel-electric engine used today, but the nickname remains.
A Trip Through Wolf Tree Turn
Departing from Willits, the Skunk Train will ascend a steep grade from the valley floor to the highest point on the rail line at 1,740 feet. A descent into the Noyo River Canyon passes through Tunnel #2, a 795-foot-long stone passage that was bored in 1911. With a stop in Crowley, the train makes it way to the route’s namesake, The Wolf Tree – named for the large growth on one side, which chokes out underlying flora. You’ll be captivated by the views of these old growth redwoods.
Fun Fact: Tunnel #2 took seven months to complete with workers digging from both ends, trading 12-hour shifts, and 20 workers per shift!
Mendocino Redwoods RV Resort has its own train depot. Notify the Skunk Train office when you purchase your tickets that you are a guest, and the train will stop at our depot and pick you up!
Ticket prices range from $10.95 up to $49.95 for a regular seat, depending on age, and any passenger 18+ can secure a seat in the cab for $89.95. You can even purchase a ride ticket for your canine friend!
Health and Safety Precautions
The Skunk Train has enhanced cleaning at depots and aboard trains as well as enacted limited bookings. Facial coverings are required, and they ask that you please adhere to social distancing of six feet.
Trains run rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately. It is recommended that you, “arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure as the train leaves promptly at the departure time.” Visit www.SkunkTrain.com to view the schedule, buy tickets, and find more information.