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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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Glad we stopped!

Traveling back to Vegas from LA, we looked up various places along the route to stop and see- Calico came up as one of them and we are glad we stopped. The only disappointment we... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Traveling back to Vegas from LA, we looked up various places along the route to stop and see- Calico came up as one of them and we are glad we stopped. The only disappointment we had was that the buildings are redone, we kinda wanted to see a ghost town that was abandoned- if you know what I mean. You... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not exactly what we expected as the 'ghost' town is very commercial. Would have been more aptly called a wild west town as there was nothing ghostly about it. Some interesting sights but didn't enthrall us.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pretty disappointed to be honest. You have to pay to get it, and then inside is pretty much all shops. We enjoyed the little train ride, which you have to pay to go on. We enjoyed the mining cave, which you have to pay to go in. So basically, you get the idea, you pay to go in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was expecting a real ghost town but it was not what I found. It is a old town full of attractions for tourists. First of all you need to pay to enter in the city ( 8 dollars per person) but this not include the others attractions that you find after the gates.

Thank Danimv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ran the 50K ultra here. The ghost town was interesting to see and the people here were very friendly and nice

Thank DaveCalgary
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my son's Cub Scout Pack. We went on the train, toured the mine, saw the mystery shack and saw a gun fight! N I lines! The boys had fun seeing everything and the staff were all very friendly. Was a little cool so sweatshirts were necessary. Hiking/walking shoes recommended. Food is ok with basic choices like hot dogs,... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was so excited to finally go to see the Ghost town. they Had the original Mystery Shack that Knotts had but since tore down. They had panning for gold and ghost tours at night. So fun walking thru Calico and learning the history that Walter Knotts had restored it. So much history and close by!

Thank Tina B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun stop on the way to Vegas to break the journey. Not much in the was of things to see except the views are pretty. They have an old tunnel that you pay extra to go in to see where they mined silver, but also not the best impression of how it was. Harry's house that he built on the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to see a real ghost town and not an old mining site made into an amusement park for tourists. You can find rebuilt Western Towns in many places. No need to travel hundreds of miles into the high desert at 100 degrees. The place has corny attractions, overpriced food, mainly tourist shops and little historical value. Look at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We paid $26 to enter Calico, which allows you to walk around the town and look at the old buildings. If you want to check out the mine, pan for gold or several other activities, you need to fork out more money. There are numerous 'souvenir' shops in the town and places to buy food and drink. Not sure where... More 

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