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“What a massive shame !”
Review of Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Yermo
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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.
Reviewed January 4, 2014

We love an adventure and approach everything with a very open mind but what a massive shame … The Town was covered in Halloween "stuff" .. ok it was October.. but it was really OTT … there was hardly a sole around … all the attractions were empty … just lots of tourists wandering around wondering were all the staff were !!?? … having the paid the not to cheap admission fee we were asked to pay again to enter the mine !! … The restaurant was closed and the eatery at the top of the hill left a rather huge amount to be desired … it was flilthy with the bins not having been emptied for ages spilling out onto the decking … causing hundreds of wasps to be having a field day … there were two girls inside chatting away with not a care in the world !! So much history … so much potential … such a massive shame

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Not so much to do, good attempts have been made to give an authentic feel, but theme park like set up. The water wasn't working on site when we visited so this affected the cafes and restaurants, so we didn't eat anything there. Nice to take photos, but blistering hot and not much to do after you've walked around and watched the amusing gunfight show. Worth stopping, but not more than a few hours.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Stopped here on our way home from Las Vegas. Cute, quaint little town with a humorous gunfight!
Would have loved to do the horse back tour and mine tour but ran out of time. Will visit again.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We camped with our motorhome for 3 nights. The sites are nice and if you don't have an rv or don't want to do tents, they have cute little cabins for rent. Be sure to check out the ghost town which has plenty of activities and stores with great souvenirs. The cemetery is definitely a must see. Highly recommend!

Thank Chickie88
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

OK, so it is a 'theme park', but it is on the site of an actual mining town and not your usual run-of -the-mill tourist attraction. Interesting and amusing, lots to do and see, and easy to miss things, so take your time. I especially enjoyed 'rocking on the stoop' outside the Calico House- and throwing peanut shells on the floor inside which seems to be some kind of local custom (?). Great pictures of the Wild West characters in Lil's Saloon. Town well worth a visit, though I imagine it gets very hot in summer.

Thank David-Skipper
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