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Calico Ghost Town


Entrance to Calico Ghost Town
36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA  92398

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I-15 at Ghost Town Road Exit

Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day


Phone:  800-86-CALICO 
Fax:  (760) 254-2047
email:  calicotown@parks.sbcounty.gov

Online Camping Reservations:  www.sbcountyparks.com
Central Reservation 1-877-38-PARKS (1-877-387-2757)

 

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since  1881 during the largest silver strike in California.  With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span.  When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population.  The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living.  It became a "ghost town."  

Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's.  Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town. 


Today Calico is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system visited by people from around the country and all over the world.  The park  offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment.  Along with its  history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops,restaurants and offers camping and outdoor recreation not available at most of our other park facilities. 

 

Due to the historic nature of the town, not all areas are ADA accessible.

CAUTION:  Mines in the Calico area are extremely hazardous and must not be approached for any reason!

 

 

  
Calico Attractions
  

Maggie Mine

https://calicoattractions.com

Maggie’s Mine 

Authentic Mine demonstrating actual conditions of the historical mining conditions of the 1890's era
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mystery Shack

Crooked house where water runs uphill
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.Calico & Odessa Railway

Lucy Lane Museum

Artifacts, photographs and documents from Calico’s origin.
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Calico-Odessa Railway

Take a tour of Calico on the type of train used
to cart silver from the mines!
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gold Panning

Kids get the feel of old West panning on weekends
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour is a unique experience. Returning to Calico Ghost Town after dark, you will enjoy a guided tour up Main Street to hear the haunted stories that have been passed down for generations as well as the new ones being created every day. Currently there are two Ghost Tours every Saturday night, with varying times

Tickets can be purchased in person in Calico Ghost Town at the Maggie Mine or by calling 760-254-3719 daily between 9-5.  Tickets must be purchased prior to the tour, tickets are not sold at the tour. This Ghost Tour is not a show, there are no set ups or theatrical tricks. The tours last about 75 minutes. You can also visit www.calicoghosttours.com

 HorseBack Ride while at Calico Ghost Town

http://shaverstable.com/
15-20 minute Rides for $25.00 per Rider
Riders must be 7 years old or up, and weight limit is 260 pounds.
No double riding

Available October - April or May (depending on weather)

 

 


Calico Adventures

Mine Tours

Silver King Mine Tour

This Extreme Calico Mine tour is a two hour educational and historical hands-on, venture of a lifetime!  The Silver King Mine, Level #6 is now accepting adventurous individuals to enter a world unknown for over 125 years.  Step back in history and experience the Calico mines as early settlers did.

Time required:  2 hours

Reservations Call: (760) 254-3050

www.visitcalicoghosttown.com

Off-Road Tours

20 Mule Team Off-Road Adventure

This Extreme Calico Tour will put you one the same road as the famous 20 Mule Team Borax Wagon Train as we depart from Calico Ghost Town on a 2 1/2 hour, 20 mile journey back in time.  This historical and education off-road tour will take you to the famous town of Borate, a stop at Tin Can Alley, a visit to the Bismark and Odessa mining district and finally a rough journey down the famous Phillips Loop. 

Time required:  3 hours

Reservations Call: (760) 254-3050

www.visitcalicoghosttown.com


Camping
  

Calico Ghost Town offers 265 camping sites with accommodations for RV’s with full and partial hook-ups as well as group tent camping sites.  The campgrounds offer  hot showers, restrooms, grills and fire rings and two dump stations.  Campsites are available near OHV areas of the park.  Select your Calico campsite and book your reservations now.   

CABINS and BUNK HOUSE

Cabins and Bunk House reservations are now available online, or call 800-862-2542.

There are six cabins available for rental at Calico Ghost Town.  Each cabin sleeps 4, is heated and air conditioned.  Linens are not provided; pets not allowed.  $45/night.   

Mini Bunkhouse 

The Mini-Bunkhouse sleeps 6, is heated/air conditioned and has a private bathroom/shower and kitchenette. Linens are not provided. No pets allowed.  $100/night. 

Bunkhouse

The minimum for booking the bunkhouse is 12 persons; with up to a 20 person maximum. Bunkhouse is heated and air conditioned.  Linens are not provided.  Restrooms are located outside; showers located in the campground.  No pets allowed.  $80.00/night - 20 person maximum. 

Activities
  
Mountain biking Calico Ghost town

Mountain Bike Trails

In addition to Camping, Calico Ghost Town offers a variety of mountain bike trails to explore.  Ranging from beginner level, there are trails for every skill level to explore.  Trail lengths range from two to thirty miles.
Calico's trails provide scenic panoramic views with unique geologic formations. 

ATV

Off Road Vehicles

ATVs, motorcycles and 4-wheelers are welcome at Calico Ghost Town.  Behind the campground is access to the Bureau of Land Management's OHV Trail - the gateway to Mule and Odessa Canyons.

 


School and Youth Group Tours
  

gold panning
Calico has new and exciting ways to visit this year.  Fill out our interest form to recieve more information about the programs that Calico has to offer your group.


The Shops of Calico
  

General StoreGeneral_storeWood crafts

Calico Ghost Town offers visitors fourteen shops with unique gifts and flavors of the west.  Be sure to stop in and shop for that special gift or memento.
Calico Woodworks Lane’s General Store Calico Photo Shop 
Granny’s Calico Crafts Print Shop R & D Fossils & Minerals
Basket & Candle Shop The Sweets Shop Pottery Shop
Calico Art Gallery Calico Leather Works Calico Boot & Saddle Repair Shop
Dorsey's Dog House Popcorn & Icee Drink Wagon

 


Restaurants at Calico
  

Calico Ghost Town offers three restaurants for those wishing a quick bite to the full service meal.  Enjoy a wide variety of meal selections then sit back and dine with breathtaking views of the Calico mountains!


Calico House Restaurant

Calico House Restaurant

Calico House is a full-service restaurant  serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Specializing in basic meals enjoyed by the townspeople in the late 1880's Calico House serves up stews, pot pies, shepherd's pie, meatloaf, and the famous Buffalo Burger.   It also offers the finest in home-made barbecue, chicken, salads,desserts and more.  With ample seating in the dining room or out on the back porch with views of the Calico & Odessa Railway, the Calico House Restaurant is great for a lunch or dinner in town; or the place to hold your party or event.

 

Old Miner's Cafe



Old Miner’s Café  Located at the top of the town, Old Miner's serves hamburgers, a variety of sandwiches, salads, hotdogs, ice cream and more.  We now serve Seattle's Best Coffee!




Lil's Saloon



 Lil’s Saloon 
- Remember the cowboys swinging through the doors of a saloon in your favorit
e Western movie?  Lil's Saloon is reminiscent of those days!  Walk up to the bar and order up a sarsaparilla, enjoy a hot dog, pizza, soda or and a variety of snack foods.  Now serving Seattle's Best Coffee.
 


Signature Events at Calico
  

Civil War Re-enactment - President's Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2014
The North battles the South as cannons roar and bugles trumpet. View pictures from previous events in the photo album.  Click here for schedule.

Calico Spring Festival– Mothers Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2014
Calico Spring Festival featuring Americana Muaic, Arts & Crafts Fair and Cowboy Poetry

Calico Days-  September 27 & 28, 2014 Burro in the Muck
Re-live Calico’s rich mining history!  Activities include a burro race, miner’s triathlon, music and more.  View pictures from previous events in the photo album.   
              
Ghost Haunt – Two weekends of Halloween, October 24-26 and October 31-November 2, 2014
Ghosts and goblins and plenty of fun for two back-to-back weekends.  View pictures from previous events in the photo album

Holiday Fest Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29 - December 1, 2013
Festive fun to begin the holiday season! Entertaining activities, performances and tree lighting, too!


Camping Rates
  

Camping

$30/night -no hookup

$34/night - partial hook up

$35/night - full hook up

 Senior Camping - Sunday-Thurs. ONLY 

$25/night - no hook up

$29/night - partial hook up

$30/night - full hook up


Camping for Special Event Weekends is subject to special event weekend pricing.

Guests who camp, rent cabins, bunk house or mini bunkhouse receive free admission into the town.  During special event weekends, camping guests also receive free admission to the event weekend for up to six persons per unit.  Additional persons per unit will be charged the individual admission price.


Cabin Rentals

$45/night


Mini-Bunkhouse

$100/night

Bunkhouse

$80.00/night - 20 person maximum

Group Camping

For groups of 20 or more people (per night) is $5 per person per night for tent camping only.  There is a onetime $20 non-refundable reservation deposit and a camping deposit of $30 per site required at the time of booking.  Upon arrival at Calico a ranger will take a people count and multiply the number of people by 5 (if 2 nights by 10).  The ranger will then deduct the deposit and you will pay the remaining balance owed.  Example:  for 20 people for 2 nights the fee is $200 for camping.  If the camping deposit is $150, you will owe $50 upon arrival at Calico.

 

For less than 20 people it is $30 per site.  Each site is restricted to 1 vehicle, 1 tent and 6 people.  Each additional vehicle is $10 per night, each tent is $5 per night and each additional person over 6 is $3 per night.

 

Group reservations may not be scheduled the Friday prior to or during event weekends.



To view make camping reservations please visit www.sbcountyparks.com/


Cancellation policy: $10 Cancellation Fee plus the original reservation fee will be charged if your cancellation is received 31 or more days prior to your arrival date. 50% of the first night fee will be charged if your cancellation is received 30-11 days prior to your arrival date. FULL first night fee will be charged if your cancellation is received less than 11 days prior to your arrival date. Changes in Reservation dates made less than 31 days prior to your arrival date are subject to cancellation fees. Changes in Reservation dates made 31 or more days prior to your arrival date are subject to a new reservation fee.

Calico Fees
  

Daily Admission

Adults: $8

Youth (6-15):  $5

Under 5:  Free

Annual Family Pass:   $50.00. (Valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Excludes special events and holidays. Valid ONLY at Calico Ghost Town.)

Bus fee (tour): $4.00/person 

School fee without attractions: $3.00/person

Dogs: $1/dog (excludes disabled assistance dogs.) Must be on 6' leash at all times.

Festival Admission

Adults:  $10 - $20

Youth:  $5 - $10

Under 5:  Free

 Contact the park for specific festival admission fees (760) 254-2122

 

Camping

$30/night -no hookup

$34/night - partial hook up

$35/night - full hook up


Senior Camping - Sunday-Thurs. ONLY 

$25/night - no hook up

$29/night - partial hook up

$30/night - full hook up

 

Camping for Special Event Weekends is subject to special event weekend pricing.

Guests who camp, rent cabins, bunk house or mini bunkhouse receive free admission into the town.  During special event weekends, camping guests also receive free admission to the event weekend for up to six persons per unit.  Additional persons per unit will be charged the individual admission price.

 

Cabin Rentals

$45/night


Mini-Bunkhouse

$100/night

Bunkhouse

$80/night  - 20 person maximum


Facilities Rental

The Silver Bowl, School House, Campground Amphitheater or Livery Stage areas are available for rental for weddings and special events.  The following is the rate schedule:
  • Up to 49 people $150.00/use 
  • 50 to 75 people $250.00/use
  • 76 to 100 people $350.00/use 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

When Transferring a site on the same date at the same park

  • No charge, regardless of the date

When Transferring a site to a different date at the same park”

·       31 days or more prior to arrival date  - additional reservation fee will be charged

·       30-11 days prior to arrival date - 50% of the use fee will be charged

·       10-1 days prior to arrival date - full use fee will be charged

 

When Cancelling a site with no rebooking”

·       31 days or more prior to arrival date - Cancellation fee of $10 plus the original reservation fee*

·       30-11 days prior to arrival date – 50% of the use fee plus the original reservation fee will be charged

·       10-1 days prior to arrival date - full use fee plus the original reservation fee will be charged

 

·       After arrival date - cancellation of days requires the charge of one night fee unless festival full fee will be forfeited. 

 

*Original Reservation fee – This is the original reservation fee that was charged when the customer made the original reservation.  No additional reservation fee should be charged.

Fees are subject to change. 


Weddings at Calico
  

Getting Hitched Calico Style!


Silver Bowl Wedding

Make your wedding a memorable occasion!  Calico is a scenic destination for weddings.

Ceremonies may take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily  excluding Calico festival and special event weekends.

You supply your own officiant and  marriage license, as well as flowers,
music and decorations.  Calico Ghost Town will handle the set up and take down of your seating arrangements and will waive the entrance fee for your wedding guests.
School house wedding
Click here for more information on holding one of the most memorable occasions in your life
at one of the most historic spots in California's Old West.  Getting Hitched Guide 2011 Word np.doc