Not a lot of people know about Calico Ghost Town, but this place has a lot to offer. If you like the old western town experience then this restored mining town will give you a few hours of enjoyment. Admission is $8 per adult which you pay at a booth as you park your vehicle. Calico is a collection of restored buildings and replicas, some which serve as museums to show life in the mining town that used to reside here in the late 1800s. Many of the shacks now serve as stores or eateries. Wood crafts, pottery, rocks & minerals, a variety of gifts and novelties, candles, a store devoted to dogs, and one of those vintage photography studios can be found within Calico.
|The Calico Mountains of California are a mountain range located in the Mojave Desert.|
|Is Calico a ghost town? Or isn't it? 👻|
A bit disappointing, only because I'd prefer a real Ghost Town. Even though it wasn't what I expected, it's still a pretty cool place to visit. We didn't have much time to wander around, so we are planning to go back again hopefully soon for the tour and the off-road drive. The tour ride shows a bit of the mining area and provides some history. There is also a self-guided walk through an actual mine tunnel (which was the most interesting thing to me), a Mystery House and a panning for gold experience. All of this charge a minimal fee.
|Walkway to the mining|
|Old house made of bricks|
|Old Miners Cafe|
|A coffin made of wood at the entrance door of the store.|
|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. 😱|
|Calico is like a trip back in time. You get a feeling of what life was like back in the 1800’s.|
|Getting lost means finding an adventure!|
|This trip is not complete without a short hike and a breath taking views of Calico Mountains.|
I recommend visiting here in the off season on a weekday, the town was fairly quiet when we are there. We probably only saw 100 people total during our visit. No crowds is very nice but we missed out on a lot of the activities and townsfolk that other people mention seeing during tourist season. This place is not even 5 minutes from the freeway. But if you've never been, I'd say it's worth a stop.