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“Total con - avoid like the plague!!!”
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.
Derby, United Kingdom
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“Total con - avoid like the plague!!!”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stopped here on our way back from Vegas - like so many others, no doubt. We'd researched beforehand, and the local site said entrance was $6.50, which included the mine, gold panning and some kind of mystery house

On arrival we found it was actually $8 to get in, and all of the other attractions cost extra; nothing was included at all. This might not have mattered if the place was at least well presented, as most things tend to be in America; unfortunately any historical content is totally ignored in the drive to push a shopping opportunity at every turn

Even the buildings of supposed interest (all of them reconstructions) were largely shut, with the only view available being through dirty windows. Nor were there any costumed staff to provide insight, as in similar places elsewhere; in fact there appeared to be no staff at all, except in the shops

Given the quality of other US attractions, we were frankly disgusted ... save your $8 a head and spend it on something rather more appealing!!!

Visited August 2014
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“Go have some fun, back in the mining days!”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

On the way back from Vegas made the family stop here. Was amazing- Check out the earthquake thrust faults- great pictures for geology classes! We took the mine tour and mystery spot house tour- was fun, although I recommend going in the fall, winter or spring! (102 degrees when we were there). Lots of shops, old fashioned photo place, 2 restaurants. You pay per person to get in, but was a nice afternoon for the family. I do recommend it!

Visited August 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Do Not Bother”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Made this a 1-2 hour stop on our drive from LA to Las Vegas. Little to see and not worth the price of general admission. Very open and hot in mid summer. Make the effort instead to get to Bodie State Historic Park north of Bishop California for a much better old west experience.

Visited June 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Getting run down trying to make big dollars”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Used to be far better than it is now. It does have some history to it, but who ever has been running it since Walter Knott gave up ownership of it is really letting it go down.

Visited May 2014
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sponge rocks, florida
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“barking dog all night”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

I used the campground only, did not visit the ghost town. The campground was just so-so. Half of the bathrooms and several of the showers were out of order. And a dog living in the house above the campground (I assume...?) barked, barked, barked all night. It was not very restful. Broke camp early and moved on, never to return.

Visited July 2014
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