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Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
+1 760-254-2122
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Peaceful

I like how this place gives a old town a historic feel to it. The vibe was totally different from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
juanforall800
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Gillette, Wyoming
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Gift Shops Disguised as an Old Town

Calico was quaint with wooden sidewalks and mud buildings, but it was mostly shops selling... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Melodycthomas
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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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  • Average22%
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“las vegas” (54 reviews)
“train ride” (93 reviews)
“couple of hours” (23 reviews)
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36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398-0406
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I like how this place gives a old town a historic feel to it. The vibe was totally different from anything else. Although, they do charge a small fee to enter, I would definitely come back because its nothing compared to other parks or museums....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Calico was quaint with wooden sidewalks and mud buildings, but it was mostly shops selling souvenirs. We had lunch at the restaurant, which was a bit costly but the food was tasty. The town “sites” were hokey and visitors were nickeled and dimed to death....More

1  Thank Melodycthomas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Calico on the return trip from Vegas as it I s easy to get to and only a couple of miles off the highway. There’s plenty of parking and the entry charge is reasonable. We really enjoyed walking around, looking at the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was pretty much a total waste of money. It cost $8 per person to get in with no kind of discounts, neither military nor senior. However once you get in you still have to pay for individual activities inside. The railroad ride is $4.50...More

1  Thank wingrider_00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to do day trip to Calico as we had not been there for years. We paid extra for the activities. For $7.50 you were able to pan for gold, do the mining tour and mystery shack. For another $5 you were able to...More

2  Thank ksjr2007
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited on the way out of LA, on the way to Las Vegas. It was a spur of the moment turn off on the highway, and one I’m glad we took. It’s a quaint little tourist spot, which a few shops/restaurants,...More

1  Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped off on the drive from LA to Vegas. It was interesting for us Brits, haven't seen anything like this before although know it's obviously very touristy. Was quiet when we visited on a November afternoon. Great views, we did the train ride too....More

1  Thank TWR88
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I remember visiting Calico when I was a kid when the place was owned by Knott's Berry Farm's Walter Knott. Back then it resembled my notion of a ghost town. Now the place is a very clean roadside attraction with lots of shops and a...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Visited Calico today. It was the perfect day to visit. No crowds and pleasant weather. As others have said, each attraction has a separate charge, which can get pricey for families. Many of them are only a couple minutes long, so if you have to...More

2  Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

My daughter's and I stopped off here in August on our way to LA. I'm a huge history buff and absolutely love these old places...you can actually smell the history here a lol.It was a very interesting and intriging stop, practically half way between the...More

1  Thank kittenlivesmatter2
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Taratomo01
31 December 2017|
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Response from nevertooold53 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt it, because it’s a park that charges admission, and the personnel are likely to have the day off. Check the website to be sure.
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tinapancho
25 September 2017|
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Response from lwew | Reviewed this property |
There's a train ride and mine tour which cost extra on top of the entrance fee. (We didn't do them). Other than that, you can walk around, have a picnic, visit the stores. It's not that exciting and I agree with the comments... More
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tinapancho
25 September 2017|
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Response from Tricia B | Reviewed this property |
There is a train ride and a mine to go in to. We got there after the train ride was done on a 109 degree day. A lot of scenic photo ops and if you tour the area back towards Barstow, there is a train museum and Route 66... More
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