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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, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Southport. Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went a while back but is a great stop off point in beween Las Vegas ans LA. Definitely worth a visit. Really interesting to see how the old prospectors lived.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Nice restored ghost town from the 1880's. Enjoyed the train ride, the old mine, all of the stores and the gunfights. Some good food as well.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

On Christmas Eve, my Wife and I were driving up from Baja to Las Vegas, around 2 PM as they were closing early for the Holiday they let us in for a short tour. Great Staff!!!! An abandoned Silver Mining Town only few miles off of I-15, it is a convenient and historical stop. A few shops and built into... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a fun stop on your way to or from Vegas. Yes, it is a tourist trap but if you have young children with you they will certainly have a fun time. It only costs $8 for adults and $5 for children, if you think this is too expensive then move on and don't bother stopping.

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Payson, Utah
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We stopped here on our way home, we were not sure how much there would be to do and were surprised when we were there for over 4 hours. We bought the ticket bundle and did the Maggie Mine, Mystery Shack, and panning for gold. The Mystery Shack was the best and we enjoyed that a lot. The kids learned... More 

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Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I came here often as a young boy in the 1960's, long before the restoration, when Calico was a real ghost town. That was a blast -- a great adventure into Wild West history. Now, it is just a Knott's makeover tourist trap. Nothing authentic about it; ruined the old ghost town completely. What's worse, charging outrageous fees for every... More 

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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This small ghost town puts the television version of the wild west a bit in perspective, despite its spic n span appearance with gift shop trappings. Calico is/was SMALL. In the day and age without running water, sanitation, you can imagine how stinky, hot, filthy and difficult this place must have been for prospectors, immigrants (Chinese!) and the poor women... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were on the way to LA from Las Vegas and thought we'd stop to show the kids how people once lived during the mining boom. It's easy to get to - 3 miles from the 15 freeway. Adult admission was $8 and child admission was $5, so for a family of 4 it wasn't that much of a bargain.... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Located between Los Angeles to Vegas through Southern California Freeway. It is an interesting palace with an excellent education platform for all family member. perhaps the name is a bit scary but you can learn a lot from this palace especially from the POV of a tourist. It is a must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were curious to know what a 'Ghost Town' could possibly contain and so with one 18 year old and two 13year olds in tow we entered Calico. We expected to be in and out within 30 mins but ended up spending over 90 minutes there. The kids loved it and although at $8 per adult and $5 for kids... More 

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