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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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Bramley, England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Porto Alegre, RS
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a ghost city, authentic American historical curiosity. Restaurant on arrival provides a complimentary bucket of peanuts, and the most curious is that all dump am husks on the ground!!!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stopped here on our way back from Vegas - like so many others, no doubt. We'd researched beforehand, and the local site said entrance was $6.50, which included the mine, gold panning and some kind of mystery house On arrival we found it was actually $8 to get in, and all of the other attractions cost extra; nothing was... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On the way back from Vegas made the family stop here. Was amazing- Check out the earthquake thrust faults- great pictures for geology classes! We took the mine tour and mystery spot house tour- was fun, although I recommend going in the fall, winter or spring! (102 degrees when we were there). Lots of shops, old fashioned photo place, 2... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Made this a 1-2 hour stop on our drive from LA to Las Vegas. Little to see and not worth the price of general admission. Very open and hot in mid summer. Make the effort instead to get to Bodie State Historic Park north of Bishop California for a much better old west experience.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Used to be far better than it is now. It does have some history to it, but who ever has been running it since Walter Knott gave up ownership of it is really letting it go down.

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sponge rocks, florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I used the campground only, did not visit the ghost town. The campground was just so-so. Half of the bathrooms and several of the showers were out of order. And a dog living in the house above the campground (I assume...?) barked, barked, barked all night. It was not very restful. Broke camp early and moved on, never to return.

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