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Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
+1 760-254-2122
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Expensive and hardly original

The park harbors several independent freelancers that charge extra on top of the main entrance fee... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom v
New York City, New York
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I came here because I am a fan of older historic places but I got here and not only found myself... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fresno, California
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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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36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
+1 760-254-2122
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The park harbors several independent freelancers that charge extra on top of the main entrance fee of $8 pp. There does not seem to be a structured organization. There are some attractions such as a self guided mine tour and a train, but they cost...More

Thank Tom v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here because I am a fan of older historic places but I got here and not only found myself paying $8 per person but also a put together city that exploits tourists with shops. I mean after all it is owned by knotts...More

Thank RChavez2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leaving Death Valley we visited a true ghost town! In 2012 Ballarat had only one remaining inhabitant! The jail/morgue doubles as a hotel "when vacant". Ballarat was reality. Calico is a historically (to the point practical) accurate restoration undertaken by Walter Knott [yes, of the...More

Thank HCrowder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on the way to Sequoia NP and it was too cute. Lots of friendly people and interesting history of the town. I have 2 boys that ate it up. We went in the,morning so it wasn't terribly hot, but still drank lots...More

Thank Christy L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Calico many years ago and couldn't wait to return with kids - very disappointed - buildings while authentic I think were all just shops selling imported souvenirs - the few displays were very dusty and hard to see due to scratched and dirty windows....More

Thank glrikki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On route to Las Vegas we did a detour to calico ghost town . We were welcomed by the town sheriff on arrival . This is an old silver mining town and the buildings gives you a feeling of the old Wild West and how...More

Thank Dave-6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a pit stop on our way to Vegas. We went on June 19th, 2017 during one of the hottest days they've experienced. (117 degrees - 1pm) By the time we went in all the little shops and museums, we were fried and had...More

Thank Halloweenscreamqueen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many other reviews, we used the Calico Ghost Town as a pit stop on the way to Vegas. We were not disappointed. This was the perfect place to wind down for a couple of hours, nice little shops, plenty of history, lots of little...More

Thank Tensionhead
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of friends and I went on a private ghost tour of maggie mine. Our tour guide was Philip. The tour was awesome and Philip was a wonderful host/guide and his knowledge of the town and of the mine and paranormal activity was thoroughly...More

1  Thank alaskabound1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here many times in the past. And we've gone there once again on June 13,2017. Cute little shops. You do have to pay extra for the train ride or mine tour. It's interesting to see the old buildings & museums. Only problem we...More

Thank Muzzysgirl
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February 22, 2017|
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Response from Robin W | Reviewed this property |
When I drove it the road was fine...paved all the way.
Sandi W
August 16, 2016|
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Response from buzz7406 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I missed your question It opens at 9am , the coaches started arriving around 10am and filled up pretty quick Advise get there early
Andrean M
February 18, 2016|
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Response from Donald S | Reviewed this property |
They do have a website. You could try that. It seems like there should be a phone number on it that you could call.