All visitors who aren’t members must buy a general admission ticket.

9am-7pm daily

Descanso Railroad

Train rides continue during construction.

Coming July 13:

All Aboard the Descanso Railroad!

You won’t want to miss the opening of the new train experience.

Explore the new Descanso Railroad with model trains traveling through intricate landscapes and depots made of natural materials (many from Descanso Gardens). Each depot will depict a great train station of America.

The model train area is created by Applied Imagination — a company that designs iconic botanical models and sculptures paired with beloved G scale model trains.

Also, at the Descanso Railroad enjoy a new train station where you can take your favorite ride through the garden on our electric train.

Sneak Peek for Family and Friends, Nature Lover and Perennial Circle Members

Be the first to experience the Descanso Railroad!
Special giveaways and discounts July 5.
Not a member?  Join or upgrade now.

All-Member Week

Come enjoy the new Descanso Railroad.
See the model trains and enjoy a ride.
July 6-12
Not a member?  Join or upgrade now.

Descanso Railroad Grand Opening

Marvel at the model trains in the new Descanso Railroad.
Enjoy a bluegrass performance in the Oak Grove!
July 13

Train info that’s good to know

When does the train run?

The train is open daily from 9:30am–4pm

You’ll need a ticket

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Visitor Center on the day of your ride.

Have a train voucher? You can proceed directly to the train any time it’s running, and we’ll collect your voucher there.

How tall do you have to be to ride?

Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own

Where does the train go?

The electric train runs the same route as our previous train, along the section of the gardens near the Promenade, on a track that is about ¼ of a mile long

How long is the train ride?

The train ride duration is approximately six minutes

How fast does the train travel?

Our model chugs along at about 4 mph

No train when it rains

The train doesn’t run in the rain – most people prefer the ride under clear skies

Did you know?

Every year 50,000 guests – young and old – ride the train. Train rides at Descanso began in the late 1980s when train enthusiast Lewis Soibelman began trucking over his 1/8th scale trains. The train became a permanent fixture in 1996.