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Address: 36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
Phone Number:
+1 760-254-2122

Visitors from around the world come to Calico each year to experience a...

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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Fun day but several things still closed

We'd been 10 years ago to the week & it's largely the same. A few of the buildings are part built of the original structures, many are re-built as replicas of how they used to be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled upon this Ghost Town on way to LA from Vegas. Saw the entire place in just over an hour. Paid to get in at the guard shack, and once inside had to pay additionally for the train ride and also for a short walk through a mine tunnel. Should be included in price since after all, why else would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We'd been 10 years ago to the week & it's largely the same. A few of the buildings are part built of the original structures, many are re-built as replicas of how they used to be. Some are now shops selling souvenirs & trinkets at fairly reasonable prices, several aren't open at all, we weren't sure if they will be... More 

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stoke on trent
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This on the face of it seems like a nice little detour on the way back from Las Vegas. You pay your $8 per adult to get in and for that you get well nothing. You get to look in shops and take in the ambiance of the area. If you want to take part in anything else its further... More 

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Texas, QLD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Calico is exactly what I expected a "Ghost Town" experience tom be. It is more of a recreation of a town but is full of interesting shops with a bit of history thrown in. The little mine tour is well worth it and the place is suitable for the whole family. If you want authentic, falling down buildings and tumbleweeds... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Calico Ghost Town is more of a ghost town attraction/theme park than a real ghost town. If you're expecting an authentic ghost town like Bodie you'll badly disappointing. But it's not all bad. It's still interesting and can be fun for the kids.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

After paying 8 dollars for each adult to get in all the attractions you had to pay to go on them including the train. The pizza we had was good,

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

In the original location of a once silver mining town, now restored to 'almost' original design, Calico is more a small theme park than an original old town, but it is worth the visit. Railroad trip is good to have a panoramic view of town, and with some imagination, figuring out how was it in XIX Century. It is also... More 

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Abilene, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This ghost town is very informative along with entertaining. We ate at the restaurant which was very good. The Maggie Mine Tour was interesting and fun. We had enjoyed wondering the streets, reading the history, and seeing all the historical buildings and furniture. I would definitely come here again.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Admission is about $12 USD. We were expecting to see the village in its original state. However, most of the buildings have been turned into tourist shops and traps and renovated, so it's hard to tell what they would have been like inside. You can walk into one home and it's mostly been left alone, so that's cool. A walk... More 

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

When our first activity of the day fell through we decided to go to Calico Ghost town as recommended by the owner of the motel we were staying at. Most of the town is reconstructed and filled with shops. You pay $8 to enter the ghost town but all you get for that is the opportunity to walk through it.... More 

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