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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-TO-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 miners 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 MineLucy Lane Museum

Artifacts, photographs and documents from Calico’s origin.
Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm.


For further information about the attractions below visit:

www.calicoattractions.com or call 760-254-3719

The attractions have a separate entrance fee.  Your pets are welcome to join you on the visit to the attractions.

Maggie Mine 

Explore an authentic silver mine from the 1880's, with mining exhibits and historical displays.
Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm.

Calico Odessa Railroad

Take an historical tour on a train similar to those used in early mining.
Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm.

Mystery Shack Tour

Be amazed and confused in this house of optical illusions.
Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5 pm.Calico & Odessa Railway .

Gold Panning

Experience panning for gold just how the miners did it
Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm.

Ghost Tours

Experience the truest accounts of Calico's history and paranormal activity.  Choose one or both of the tours available every Saturday night.  Private tours available for groups.  For information and reservations call 760-254-3719 or visit www.calicoghosttours.com

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:  3 to 4 hours

Reservations Call: (760) 254-3050


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 to 4 hours

Reservations Call: (760) 254-3050



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 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.   

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. 


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.   

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. 


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


Bring your students and spend the day learning about Calico’s history. Enjoy an informative ride on an old west mining train. Discover what’s hidden in the rocky earth as you travel through the historical Maggie’s Mine. Pan for gold. Travel through museums where you will learn about the original settlers of Calico, Lucy Lane and her family. Sneak a peek at the School House where children of all ages learned how to read and write. Purchase some candy from the local general store, or dine in a rustic eatery where you can toss peanut shells on the ground. This one day adventure is sure to make your students school day one to remember.

Daily Park Admission - $4 per person

Park Admission fees will be collected at the gate upon your arrival to the park. All members of your party must be present before payment can be accepted. This fee does not include the use of Calico Attractions.

For more information about adding Calico Attractions to your visit, visit www.calicoattractions.com. Calico Attractions include, Mystery Shack, Maggie’s Mine, Calico Odessa Railroad, and Gold Panning.

The school packages are not valid for Special Events and might not be valid on the Friday before a Special Event. Prices are subject to change without notice so please call to confirm., 1-800-862-2542.

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
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 Restaurantis 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
The North battles the South as cannons roar and bugles trumpet. View pictures from previous events in the photo album

Bluegrass in the Spring– Mothers Day Weekend
Bluegrass in the Spring featuring bluegrass music.  The perfect way to spend Mother's Day!

Calico Days-  Last weekend in September
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 – Last two weekends of October

Ghosts and goblins and plenty of entertainment for two back-to-back weekends. 

Holiday Fest Thanksgiving Weekend
Festive fun to begin the holiday season! Entertaining activities, performances and tree lighting, too!

Calico Fees

Daily Admission

Adults: $8

Youth (4-11):  $5

3 years and younger:  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): $5.00/person 

School fee without attractions: $4.00/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 3:  Free

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


$30/night -no hookup

$35/night - partial hook up

$40/night - full hook up

Senior Camping - Sunday-Thurs. ONLY 

$25/night - no hook up

$30/night - partial hook up

$35/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 four persons per site.  Additional persons per site will be charged the individual admission price.

Cabin Rental



$160/night  - Two night minimum on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)


$160/night  - 20 person maximum - Two night minimum on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

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 4 people. Each additional vehicle is $10 per night, each tent is $5 per night and each additional person over 4 is $8 per night.

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

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

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:
  • Campground Amphitheater $150.00/use 
  • School House $250.00/use
  • Silver Bowl or Livery Stage $350.00/use 


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  - Cancellation fee of $10 plus the original reservation fee*

·       30-11 days prior to arrival date - 50% of the first night fee will be charged.   Holidays/Special Events - first full night on 2 night minimum reservations will be charged.

·       10-1 days prior to arrival date or mid-reservation -  full first night fee will be charged.  Holidays/Special Events - first two full nights on 2 night minimum reservations will be charged. 

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 plus the original reservation fee will be charged if your cancellation is received 30-11 days prior to your arrival date. Holidays/Special events - first full night on 2 night minimum reservations plus the original reservation fee  will be charged if your cancellation is received 30 - 11 days prior to your arrival date.  FULL first night fee plus the original reservation fee will be charged if your cancellation is received less than 11 days prior to your arrival date. Holidays/Special events - first two full nights on 2 night minimum reservations plus the original reservation fee will be charged if your cancellation is received less than 11 days prior to your arrival date.  Changes in Reservation dates are subject to a new reservation fee.

*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.
School house wedding