Bodie Ghost Town

Bridgeport, CA

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Address: Bodie State Historical Park, Bridgeport, CA 93517, USA How do we get there? Number: 760 647-6445
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Don't be scared - we didn't mean proper ghosts! Bodie Ghost Town isn't a huge haunted attraction. Nope! When we say ghost town, we mean that it USED to be a hustling, bustling town but then one day the people just left. It's an incredible experience.

Bodie Ghost Town, otherwise known as Bodie Ghost Town, is a authentic California gold-mining ghost town. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed that all precious gold, which led to the purchase of the mine in 1877. After that, there were fortunes to be made! People FLOCKED to the town and transformed it into a boomtown. At one point it had a population of nearly 10,000 people!

Only a small part of the town survives today, mainly because the buildings are delicate and built from wood. Some of the buildings you can actually walk up and look inside, and still see jackets hanging up, chairs at the dining table, and goods on the shelves. It's a very bizarre experience! The town is preserved in a state of "arrested decay", and is only home today to the howling winds (and yes, maybe an occasional ghost...)

You can take a 50 minute walk through one of the most intact Stamp Mills in the state, where kids can learn all about how the gold was extracted from quartz and transformed into bullion bars. You can also see the machine shop, amalgam tables, electrical room and might stamps. There are a maximum of 25 people on these tours so you will be in nice small groups. 

A fascinating insight into American history, and kids will literally be stepping back in time to see how a 19th century gold mine town looked - an amazing family day out!

Activity location


The park is northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Hwy 395 on Bodie Road, and seven miles south of Bridgeport.
From U.S. 395 take State Route 270. Head east 10 miles to the end of the pavement, then continue 3 miles on the unsurfaced road to Bodie. The last 3 miles can be rough. Make sure you reduce your speed, and just give the park a call if you have any problems.

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How much does it cost?






$3 (ages 1-17)


Free Under

1 year old


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Bodie Ghost Town FAQ’s

Bodie State Historic Park are dedicated to preserving the legacy of this incredibly important historic site. Make sure you support them so future guests can enjoy it just as you did!

There are basic restrooms but they are very rustic.

Make sure you bring food with you, because if you do see food for sale in one of the ghost town may be one of the old residents who still linger around...oooooh!

The Stamp Mill tours are $6 per person, and during summer leave at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily.

Bodie is a fully protected park, so nothing may be removed or collected. Also, metal detectors are not permitted. So keep your only souvenirs your memories!

There are basic restrooms but they are very rustic.

Some areas are not very accessible, so be prepared for some difficult sections.

Bodie is open all year round, but sometimes in winter it's only accessible by skis, snowshoes or snow mobiles. Yep - it gets that cold! In spring, mud also might be a problem.

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