Calico is a ghost town located in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is located in the Calico Mountains in the Mojave Desert, a region belonging to Southern California. It was founded in 1881 as a silver mining city. It is currently a state park called –Calico Ghost Town– .
It is located 3 miles from Barstow and the city of Yermo. Giant letters that say CALICO can be observed on the tip of the mountains from the road, just behind the ghost town. Walter Knott acquired Calico in the 1950s and restored all the buildings in the city – except for 5 of them that remain with their original architecture- to look like in the 1880s. Calico received the historic mark of California # 782. And in 2005 it was declared by the then governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as The Phantom City of the Silver Fever.
The ghost town :
The buildings that can be admired in the ghost town of Calico are partly original, partly reconstructed. Visitors are given the opportunity to tour the mine with the wagons and visit the silver field of Maggie Mine.
Maggie Mine : Authentic silver mine from the 1880’s , Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm
Lucy Lane Museum : Artifacts, photographs and documents from Calico’s origin. Open daily from 9 am.-5 pm
Access : Coordinates : 34.948889, -116.864167 / Located at the gates of the Mojave Desert, it is Calico, a historic mining town. Take the Ghost Town Road Exit off I-15
Hours : The schedule to visit Calico is every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admissions : Adults: $8 , Youth (4-11): $5 , Under 3: Free / Festival Admissions :
Adults: $10 – $20 , Youth: $5 – $10 /
Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / walking / family activities aimed at amusing children, such as “The search for the ghost of the people.” /
A tourist train runs the different routes of the Ghost Town of Calico / Tours and Travel Services / Ghost Tours / Mystery Shack Tour / Gold Panning / Off-Road Tours / Silver King Mine Tours /
Calico Ghost Town offers 265 camping sites / Mountain Bike Trails /
Events : Mothers Day Weekend , Bluegrass in the Spring featuring bluegrass music / Ghost Haunt – Last two weekends of October / Entertaining activities, performances and tree lighting,Thanksgiving Weekend /
Calico Days- Last weekend in September , Activities include a burro race, miner’s triathlon, music and more / Civil War Re-enactment – President’s Day Weekend ,The North battles the South as cannons roar and bugles trumpet.
Go next : Mojave Desert – Mojave National Preserve / Yermo, California / Baker ,California / Las Vegas / Primm