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The Mojave Desert Sights

Calico Ghost Town

  • 36600 Ghost Town Rd. Map It
  • Yermo
  • Ghost Town

Updated 05/05/2014

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Once a wild and wealthy mining town, Calico took off in 1881 when prospectors found a rich deposit of silver in the area, and by 1886 more than $85 million worth of silver, gold, and other precious metals had been harvested from the surrounding hills. Many buildings here are authentic, but the restoration has created a sanitized version of the 1880s. You can stroll the wooden sidewalks of Main Street, browse shops filled with Western goods, roam the tunnels of Maggie's

Mine ($2), and take an enjoyable ride on the Calico-Odessa Railroad ($4). Calico, 12 miles northeast of Barstow, is a fun and mildly educational place for families to stretch their legs on the drive between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Festivals throughout the year celebrate Calico's Wild West theme.

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36600 Ghost Town Rd., off I–15, Yermo, California, 92398, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 05/05/2014


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