“A ghost town with food & camping!”
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.
Costs 8 dollars per adult and 6 dollars for youth
Interesting, but not a realy 'ghost town' in the true sense of the word. This is very much a tourist attraction.
It's nice to walk around and see some old looking things. It's neat, very touristy. The people were nice. We have a small dog and he got to wander around with us-- there's a shop there that even has a watering spot for pets. We saw a train that went around on some tracks that was also dog friendly, and it was a few dollars to ride.
The cost to get in to the attraction was $8 per adult, and at this time they can accept cards as well as cash. All in all, not amazing but it was a good way to stretch after being in the car for a while.
The campground was clean, some of the shower heads were broken and couldn't be hung on the wall. We didn't really like the location (read "the desert") but that's not the fault of the campground!
Tourist trap...not worth it!
Looks spooky, a set for twilight zone
Nice attraction, Shame you pay entrance and than some more for attractions. Still great fun and a pretty sight. Good entertainment staff.
The best part of our vacation was the trip to Calico Ghost town. Of course, this town is not ghostly rather a picturesque version of the town long ago. We loved the authenticity of the people and the food was amazing. We will definitely return here again.
I forgot to mention.....be sure you have quarters if you want to take a shower!
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Calico Ghost Town
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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