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Calico Ghost Town

Address: 36600 Ghost Town Road Yermo, CA 92398, Yermo, CA 92398
Phone Number: 800-TOC-ALICO or 760-254-2122
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Yermo
Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Camping/rv
Owner description: Visitors from around the world come to Calico each year to experience a real ghost town originally...
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Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Camping/rv
Owner description: 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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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Calico is worth the stop if you are heading to Las Vegas from Southern California. It also makes a decent day out from SoCal if you are interested. All of the buildings look like they have been renovated pretty recently and the price is somewhat high since you have to pay for everything else at the attraction even after admission.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

140 miles from Las Vegas, only a couple miles off the I-15. We had no idea what this was. It is a genuine former mining location, with some original buildings and history. This was taken on by Knott's Berry Farm (we didn't know) and expanded. It is a great place to take kids, they have activities like gold panning and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

For the traveler from LA to Las Vegas is worth to make a quick stop (1-3 hours) to see this historic ghost town just outside of Yermo. Don't let the $8 entrance fee turn you away, someone has to pay to preserve this old mining town.

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have to admit that there was a difference of opinion, my wife loved it I was totally underwhelmed. It's supposed to be a ghost town if so how come everything looks so new. I'm sorry but it just didn't feel right they just seemed to want to extract more money from you there was even an extra charge to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

This was a fun place to spend the day away while we were staying in Vegas. It's only about two and a half hours away from Vegas and a very scenic drive there and back. It was fun to see the old mining town and to take the short train ride thru the town. They have a few little restaurants... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a fun place like was around in the 40's thru 70's. It is a old mining town and has the gun fights and people dressed up as when the town was in the 1800's. I LOVED the Gravity house, and the train ride. All the shops were friendly and the atmosphere was dedicated to FUN.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Bastow area is not exactly over endowed with tourist attractions, so you'd hope the ones they do have would be on their game. Not so here. First up, it's $15 per adult and $8 per child to get in, then they charge extra for taking part in any activity -$4 ea for the train, more again to walk through... More 

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Launceston
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great work restoring this old town. If you dig in a little you will find it very educational. A good example of living at the time and some information on mining silver and what it took to mine and process into silver. Great half day out for the family.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

THe only thing great in Calico is that your park your car! And walk around the place around 1h but not more. The price is quite expensive for the place. You will have to pay for all you want to do. Even the show they will ask you for a bill.

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Bakersfield, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Went her with my husband, Nephew and his 11 year old Son. Nephew and son had been there before, but it was our first time. We could hardly keep up with the youngster and he had a great time. He was covered in dirt by the time we left more proof a a good time. We enjoyed the mining tour... More 

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