Yermo, California: Calico Ghost TownAn old West ghost town and tourist attraction, featuring a bottle house, mine, train ride, and lots of gift shops. Separate admission for some attractions.
Calico Ghost Town Regional Park
Visitor Tips and News About Calico Ghost Town
Overnight camping at Calico includes admission to the Ghost Town for up to six people. We didn't learn this until it was too late. Oh well, it's only money, and we were there for the buffalo burgers and the bottle house. Oops. Even though this was September 28, we felt like we had arrived in the off-season. The Lucy Lane Museum was closed, there were no shoot-outs in the street, and we couldn't get our buffalo burgers because the restaurant was closed to prepare for a tour group. Worst of all, the bottle house was closed and undergoing some type of construction. On the bright side though, it was a miserably -- but not unbearably -- hot day. And we did end up enjoying our visit.
We have since learned that the shoot-outs in the street are not a regularly scheduled event. They are done by a group volunteers who come from out of the area to preform and are most likely to occur on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
And the bottle house? Well the inside is now open to the public. Pits. Pits. Pits. I so wanted that experience of seeing of the sun come through the colored bottles. When visiting, keep in mind that there are additional charges to enter the museum, the mine, the mystery house, or to ride on the train.[Gary Epperson, 10/19/2012]
It may seem unnecessary, but it pays to call ahead before visiting any roadside attraction. Otherwise you won't know if the gunfighters are taking a siesta that day, or the maintenance crew is power-washing the bottle house.
Bring cash for all the fun activities, especially the Mystery Shack.....except those susceptible to vertigo.
Educational, historical, live gun shows, mines, train and sarsaparilla! Hiking shoes are better, as there is a lot of hiking either in town or if you want to camp out. They also have an on-site RV camp and cabins for rent. Extremely dog-friendly too![Janiece, 01/04/2012]
Tuesday, July 24, 2001,an early morning blaze destroyed five buildings and a popcorn wagon at Calico Ghost Town, north of Barstow, CA. One of the buildings that burned included its famous mystery spot, the Mystery Shack. Creator Walter Knotts, founder of Knotts' Berry Farm, built his 1950s version of the 1880s mining camp from old pictures of the town.
It had been more than 100 years since the last fire leveled the wood and canvas camp. When Knox re-built Calico, every third or fourth building was adobe which acted as a fire wall. Those adobe walls and early detection are credited with saving the rest of the tourist attraction, which has now re-opened.[R. J., 08/01/2001]
Hardrock John from the Calico Ghost Town also contacted us with the news. His US mystery spots book burned up in the fire, so he's trying to find a new one. He may also have to reconstruct the "speech" for new employees.