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Wonderful surprise!

We heard about this park the night before from a fellow photographer and decided to check it out... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
Beautiful and Historic

What an amazing place - stuck in time! We stopped here on a family trip to California. If you have... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Hwy 270, Bridgeport, CA 93517
+1 619-647-6445
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard about this park the night before from a fellow photographer and decided to check it out! I'm glad we did as it was very interesting and a lot larger than I expected! I liked hearing a bit about the history from the staff...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sportyguy2010
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing place - stuck in time! We stopped here on a family trip to California. If you have a couple hours to spare, it is worth the drive out and the admission fee. My daughters (8 and 9) didn't want to leave. What...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jamie R
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We were driving from Tahoe to Palm Springs and popped into see Bodie Ghost town as we had been recommended to this attraction. You pay to enter from your car and this includes parking. We parked easily and the toilets are here too so thats...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank benmores
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

If your looking to visit an actual ghost town this would be it. Some of the buildings look like the inhabitants just up and left one day and never came back. It was eerily quiet but so interesting to get a glimpse into what it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CCluv2roam
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

A fabulous window on the gold mining history and way of life of the people of Bodie. Some great photo opportunities to see how it really was in the late 1800’s. The wind and cold temperatures endure by the past inhabitants was incredible. Lots of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank phillipdownham
Reviewed November 3, 2018

You can visit here many times and always find something new to see. I visited in late October and practically had the park to myself.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank The H
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Despite other reports, it is an easy drive to Bodie in good weather. The last 3 miles are on a rutted, unsaved road, but suitable for any vehicle if you take your time. Bodie has lots of remaining buildings in various stages of decay. But...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David O
Reviewed October 19, 2018

I've wanted to visit here for many years and I was not disappointed. I took 200 photos the day I went and I didn't even get to see everything. There is a LOT of walking. There are restrooms right by the parking area. The brochure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SMGrandma
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we just missed the opening times and arrived there shortly after 6 pm, but even so it was worth it! The road there is rather bumpy, but so beautiful. We didn’t enter the premises and only saw the town from the distance, but there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 293katrinr
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

**This review also appears on their Facebook. I do recommend Bodie despite its care takers because it can stand on its own charm. We arrived to a long car line. 2 she- rangers were in attendance. Blonde, one short, one tall. I took to calling...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 11, 2018|
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Response from Jogi85 | Reviewed this property |
A bit delayed, when we were there they had a special day with tours. As well there are separate tours for the mining complex (which is not otherwise accessible). I think all of them need to be prebooked and the mining one... More
July 16, 2018|
Response from Silverstar46 |
Yes, you can take dogs. We toured around with both of our small dogs on leash. Would I do it again? Probably not. It was hot and dry (we visited in in early Sept and early in the day) and there is a lot of glass on the... More
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