(KTXL) — In celebration of California State Parks Week, the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation will be holding free rides on the historic turntable on June 14.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., those first to arrive at the Central Pacific Passenger Station will get a ride on an open-air gondola for 15 minutes that will include a few turns on the turntable.
“This is the first time the public has had the chance to take rides on the historic turntable, an activity designed to connect the importance of railroad turntables and roundhouses with railroad history and operation,” the museum wrote in a news release.
The turntable was built in 1911 for Union Pacific by the American Bridge Company. It was originally located in Yamika, Washington before it was brought to the Old Sacramento State Historic Park in 1980.
Other Local California State Parks Week Events
Free Horseback Rides at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
When: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 14
This event is intended for those new to horseback riding or do not have the equipment to experience it. The ride will be a interpretive tour of the Mississippi Bar area of Lake Natoma.
The rides will start at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and a sunset ride. For more information click here.
Kayaking on Lake Tahoe
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 14
This event includes free rental equipment, lunch and a guide while on the lake. This event is limited to the first 10 registrants.
This event is focused on giving people more confidence to adventure out on the lake on their own. Click here to learn more.
Celebrating the South Grove Preserve: Joining the Old-Growth Forest Network
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16
Located at the Calaveras Big Tree State Park, visitors will meet at the parks visitor center and Pioneer Cabin Tree Display to celebrate the redwoods that make up the state park.
After the celebration, visitors can then choose to drive to the South Grove Trail Head for the hike through the pristine old-growth Giant Sequoia Forest.
The Power at Play in Hawver Mine- Campfire Program
When: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on June 16
Those wanting to learn more about the limestone mining operation in the Auburn State Recreation Area should add this event to their calendar.
This campfire event will provided a better understanding of the large-scale mining that took place in the steep canyon of the Middle Fork of the American River.
Visitors are only asked to bring a lawn chair, a reusable mug and their curiosity.
Coldstream Historical Mountain Bike Tour
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 17
This four hour ride will take mountain bikers on a guided tour on fire roads and paved park roads that feature the original China Cove beach area and railroad vistas.
Click here to learn more.
For the full list of events during California State Parks Week click here.