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Address: 36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
Phone Number: 800-TOC-ALICO or 760-254-2122

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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A Ghost town......in the desert.......

Growing up in So Cal I had always heard of Calico, but had never been there. We decided to fix that today. We drove up from the LA basin......a pretty long drive. Calico is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
dave v
Marlinton, West Virginia
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Marlinton, West Virginia
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Growing up in So Cal I had always heard of Calico, but had never been there. We decided to fix that today. We drove up from the LA basin......a pretty long drive. Calico is pretty much how Walter Knott left it in 1950. Very rustic, rugged mine town in the high desert. Calico is for folks that want to see... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a hot... Bring water!! Travelled on I15 for years and finally stopped to see the ghost town. Was not impressed!!Town seems more focused on making money leaving more to be desired in the structures. There's a camp site which seems like it would be a good place for a summer camp. Won't be stopping again any time soon... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The ghost town was easy to find and well sign posted. The cost of entry is fair. The ghost town has a few original buildings but many buildings have been rebuilt. Interestingly a former resident bought and helped to rebuild some of the buildings exactly as they looked when the town was in use. The town is really cool to... More 

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Newberry Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since my last review of Calico they have added a new tour, the Silver King Mine (Not the Maggie Mine). This tour is a three hour tour that presents the history of Calico and the Calico Mining District. You get to go into the Silver King Mine (that's the big mountain that says Calico on it) and see it the... More 

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Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on a drive back from Vegas. It is about 3 miles west of the 15. It can be accessed either via exit 194 or 191. After arriving you park in a large lot just outside the town. When you enter the town there is the main drag and located on either side are various souvenir and other shops... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are expecting a dusty thoroughfare with squeaky doors on an abandon saloon and tumbleweed you will be bitterly disappointed. Instead it is a great tourist attraction of what i presume is rebuilt replicas coupled with authentic remnants of mine shafts and basic housing. I would say for any overseas visitor this is a must stop and the $8... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there very close to the closing time. It was 3.30 pm and 114 degrees Fahrenheit and windy. We look around very fast and left. I was impressed with the cemetery that they have over there. We didn't get in the restaurant. To get in that town you have to pay an entrance. If you get there after 3... More 

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Gold Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure what we were expecting but was a little disappointed. Make sure you do the tours/train as it gives u an insight in to the old mining town. Entry price was $8 per adult and the train $4each. Good place to get out and stretch your legs.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Weird odd but fun, we were on a bus tour, m not sure if you pay money to get in, but I would not have. Cute but just not that big a deal.

Thank paws0810
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great quick place to stop on the road between Los Angeles and Vegas. Great small mine to visit. Great root beer floats. Friendly staff.

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