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Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Road Yermo, CA 92398, Yermo, CA 92398
800-TOC-ALICO or 760-254-2122
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Yermo
Type: Ghost Towns
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... more » 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. « less
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Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Although this is a state attraction, it's more like an excuse to separate you from your money. The buildings have been propped up or otherwise stabilized but, with rare exceptions, instead of interpreting each individual building, the interiors are stores. There's quite a bit of walking, some of it uphill, so if you have mobility issues you may wish to... More

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Zelzate, Belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

You have to pay $8 per person to enter Calico but when you want to see or do something you have to pay extra. Doesn't really feel like a ghost town because everything is been renovated and designed to make tourists spend their money.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a great visit! One can spend all day, but don't forget to take gallons of fresh water!!! Summer is hell there! but so enjoyable! A real lost city from the gold and silver rush!! back in th 1880ies, there were 500 mines around Calico! This Far West city is one of a kind and has been well preserved and... More

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Dieren, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Get some good impression of the living in the old years of western and the mines. 15 km from Barstow

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Henderson, NV
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I've driven past the exit to Calico Ghost Town a hundred times and always told the family, "we should stop there sometime!" This past weekend was that time, and I'm glad we did. The town is about 3 miles off of the freeway, so it's a relatively easy out-and-back drive. Yes, there is an admission fee into the town. Check... More

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Longboat Key, FL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Calico was an unexpected pleasure. I decided to check it out for a hour or so, then stayed from 9am-2pm. Breakfast was good, with an interesting menu, at the Calico Cafe. Then, after learning the history and browsing the general store, I was ready for a cold draft of local beer at the old Saloon. The staff is excellent, friendly... More

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Bramley, England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I don't object to someone buying up a 'ghost town' and doing whatever they want with it, including charging $8 for adults and $5 for children to drive thru it -- or $800 if they want to. What I do object to is that the signs on the main highway which encourage you to visit it don't mention that there... More

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Orange County, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If you look hard at this quaint little park, it is really quite "authentic," in a commercial sort of way. Yes, there are a LOT of shops. But... hello... that's what would have BEEN in a town like this! A bunch of little (ok, kinda tacky) shops! BUT! there is also a cool school, a Chinese laundry, an old church,... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

stopped on way to LV from LA. heard decent things about this place. it is just shop after shop without much old authentic ghost town remaining. sadly.

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Astoria, OR
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Thought it'd be neat to see this place so we stopped. Price to get in: $8 adults, $5 children, so for just the 3 of us it was $21 just to drive in. Then, stopping for a so-so lunch at the restaurant was also pretty pricey. It was neat walking around seeing some of the historical looking structures and reading... More

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