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Dog-Friendly: On the ground, yes, but not in the trains.  Also, be mindful of weather.  It gets hot in summer!    Kid-Friendly: Yes

Article by Allison Garton:

The depot for the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railroad's Desert Line was built in 1919 and handled passenger traffic until 1951. Carrizo Gorge Railyard hidden san diegoThe railroad across southern California was troubled from the planning stages. Over the last century, fires, landslides, earthquakes, collapsed tunnels, all plagued the Impossible Railroad and contributed to the financial problems that make the railroad seemingly impossible to operate.

The most recent operation attempt went belly up after just a few months and never ran one train. For the truly adventurous, this rail segment includes the world's largest curved wooden trestle -Goat Canyon. That's a trip for another day.

Depending on which company is currently leasing the track, what you see around the yard may vary. However, the old wooden cars off-track will certainly never move again. They once served as housing for the railroad workers and now house bees..

Personal Experience: Stumbling upon this property was a stimulation overload the first time! It's nice to visit old trains filled with so much history that aren't a 10 mile hike like the Goat Canyon Trestle.  If you do go here, please go with the utmost respect and leave everything exactly as you found it.  Let's all do our part to help preserve history.

Explore old, abandoned train carts in the San Diego desert.

Explore old, abandoned train carts in the San Diego desert.

Explore old, abandoned train carts in the San Diego desert.

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