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Calico Ghost Town, Yermo

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#2 of 24 in Historic Sites in California Desert
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Get a taste of life on the frontier and camp under the stars at Calico Ghost Town. The town was once a bustling silver mining community with more than 1,000 residents, 500 mines, a school, and a post office. When silver prices dropped near the end of the 19th century, the miners started leaving, and soon the town was completely abandoned. Today, you can tour the buildings--fully restored to match their 1880s' heyday--go on a horseback ride, hear the stories of the town's past, or grab a spot at a nearby camping site. You'll be in the desert heat, so be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Yermo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Calico Ghost Town and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We visited this place while taking a road trip from LA to SF. It’s about 2 hours out of the way but we felt it was worth it. There really isn’t much to see but the history is interesting and the town....  more
    We visited this place while taking a road trip from LA to SF. It’s about 2 hours out of the way but we felt it was worth it. There really isn’t much to see but the history is interesting and the town....  more »
  • The expedition continues with a stop at the Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California. In 1881, Calico became a silver mining town in the Mojave Dessert. Ten years later, the silver ran out and the... 
    The expedition continues with a stop at the Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California. In 1881, Calico became a silver mining town in the Mojave Dessert. Ten years later, the silver ran out and the...  more »
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  • Awesome place for a quick getaway or a road trip. My family and I have been here many times, and it's always amazing! Just today, we got hit with the desert rains and it only made the experience all the more memorable!
  • We didn't camp here but would have loved to. Spent the day exploring the ghost town but we definitely felt like we wanted to stay longer. Camping there would have been ideal. Loved the town and the people who worked there were so friendly and accommodating. The food was so good! I really wasn't expecting that. My grandson had pizza and the adults had food at the restaurant near the entrance. It was just a corn dog and hamburger and fries but they were outstanding! Going again soon!

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