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Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
+1 760-254-2122
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Yeaaaah Haaaa!

We stopped off here on the way back from Vegas to SoCal. It's only a few miles off the road... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mission Viejo, California
Passing Through

This was a great little town to stop at when passing through Barstow. My son's especially loved... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jacksonville, Florida
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Visitors from around the world come to Calico each year to experience a real ghost town originally settled in the 1880s.A hive of activity for the adventurous at heart - the park hosts the Mystery Shack- a crooked house where water runs uphill, two museums, narrow-gauge train rides and gold panning.Calico was founded during California’s largest silver strike. The town thrived for 12 years, until the price of silver plunged and mining operations ceased. By 1907, residents had moved away, leaving Calico to the tumbleweeds and spirits.Amenities include group and RV camping, mountain bike trails and off-road vehicle areas, fourteen shops, three restaurants, cabins and bunkhouses. Special events are held year-round, including Civil War re-enactments in February, Spring Festival featuring Americana music, the Calico Days Festival when the town’s rich mining history is celebrated with a burro race, miner’s triathlon, music and more, and let’s not overlook the ever-popular Halloween Ghost Haunt in October. The desert park is just a few miles north of Barstow, and minutes offInterstate 15. Calico Ghost Town is a great place to get a bite to eat and do a little shopping if you’re traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
+1 760-254-2122
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped off here on the way back from Vegas to SoCal. It's only a few miles off the road. Friends of ours said there was nothing there... but it's not been all touristed-up and is worth a visit. It's cheap to get in, $8...More

Thank MBell_TA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great little town to stop at when passing through Barstow. My son's especially loved this place. Though we did not do the attractions (mine cave, train), we have a great time exploring. There are rocks to climb high for a pretty awesome...More

Thank Avonlea001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Passing through and saw a sign for Calico. On a whim, decided to check it out and it was a great call. Really enjoyed the old west mining town. Loved that they tried to keep it original. Love the Wild West feel to it. Dog...More

Thank Dixie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In all fairness, the park wasn’t too bad. Very touristy as you might expect. About 3 miles off of I -15 between Vegas and L A...$40 for group of 4 and easy to find. The one reason this was a horrible visit and I will...More

Thank Ken Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well kept old western ghost town. Check out the railroad and explore a mine. Lots of great little shops with unique items for sale. The restaurant is really good as well.

1  Thank Chiefly1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This historic silver mining town was mostly a pile of adobe brick rubble and weathered boards when my sisters and I visited it back in the 60's with our history buff father. Thanks to the vision of Walter Knott, best known for Knott's Berry Farm,...More

1  Thank nevertooold53
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

This open air museum tries to show how these kinds of short time mining towns looked liked and functioned, which they success to some extent. But during our visit it was transferred into a Halloween event place unfortunately.

Thank PeterOdgaard
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

First of all, this used to be a silver mine but is now more like a gold mine! Was surprised to have to pay so much to get in, I think it was about $11 per person, then you have to pay more if you...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

It was $34 for five of us ... for an hour of entertainment. It's done well and a good example of a mining town at the side of a mountain in the middle of no where. Got some good photos ... loved old school house

Thank gina1230
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Interesting history of an old silver mining town that's now a ghost town. Lots of shops and memorabilia. Several places to eat and a wonderful fudge shop. A couple of hours and you can see everything.

Thank Cusinario
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26 September 2017|
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Response from lwew | Reviewed this property |
There's a train ride and mine tour which cost extra on top of the entrance fee. (We didn't do them). Other than that, you can walk around, have a picnic, visit the stores. It's not that exciting and I agree with the comments... More
26 September 2017|
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Response from Tricia B | Reviewed this property |
There is a train ride and a mine to go in to. We got there after the train ride was done on a 109 degree day. A lot of scenic photo ops and if you tour the area back towards Barstow, there is a train museum and Route 66... More
23 February 2017|
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Response from Robin W | Reviewed this property |
When I drove it the road was fine...paved all the way.