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Address: 36600 Ghost Town Road Yermo, CA 92398, Yermo, CA 92398
Phone Number: 800-TOC-ALICO or 760-254-2122
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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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Touristy but Enjoyable

While it's a tourist attraction, it's actually quite pleasant. Basically one long block up with a few distractions along the way. Some good photography to be found as well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jeremiah G
Loma Linda, California
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Loma Linda, California
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150 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While it's a tourist attraction, it's actually quite pleasant. Basically one long block up with a few distractions along the way. Some good photography to be found as well. Wouldn't come here in summer as there's little shade and the heat would be intense. Also good to select a time without crowds (try to avoid Friday and Saturday).

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were interested to visit the place but were put off by the admission charges. We turned and went on to LA. Friends of mine did not go there for the same reason.

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking at older pictures, the park is deteriorating. There are things missing, the antiques are in terrible condition, Too many advertisement signs out of place (time) that ruin picture taking. At $8 per person they could purchase some good antiques for show. They have non-time period items store at various locations. A storage shed could solve this problem. A new... More 

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Gilroy, California
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time, kids can ride the train they have food and drinks great old buildings on a hill easy to get to but it does get hot

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Wellington, New Zealand
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347 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought Calico was a very worth while stop. As a tourist to the USA from New Zealand, I have come to understand what the term "road trip" means. Your country is vast and you go for miles and find nothing. So for me Calico was a pleasant distraction on the road from Vegas to LA. The entry fee was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb attraction nicely recreates the silver mine of the 1800's , it was very hot the day we visited, had a drink in the "Saloon" nachos with sauce were not so good but the surroundings felt genuine. Had a bit of fun with the old guy and his tilted house, it's five bucks for two people and was a fun... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Billed as a ghost town, this kitsch tourist attraction is really nothing much more than an attempt to cash in on the old mining days. It doesn't feel at all ghost town like, being full of tourists and traders. I visited as part of a gadventures tour group - we drove a long way out of our way to spend... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting Rhyolite ghost town we thought this would be similar,after paying forty bucks we found out we were wrong,just a commercial Halloween over spend, nice to know not just us brits over drink, never seen it before in all our tours over many parts of the USA,but then again, not much else to see do while inside, we both... More 

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Curitiba, PR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

A nice place to hang around to get a feeling of how the "mining cities" used to be. Nothing much to do.

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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

It's a pity...and I may be being a bit to critical, but Calico is not a Ghosts any more, it has been over done by being to commercialized in my opinion... Unlike Bodie which is a true ghost town, as it has been left as it truly was. Calico is now just a money making operation. It is now more... More 

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