The Ghosts of Gold-Mining's Past
It is a rare treat to walk through a genuine ghost town. Now a California State Park, Bodie is well-preserved, despite enduring harsh weather year-round.
Founded in 1859 by Waterman S. Bodey as a mining town, it wasn't until the mid-1870s that a significant discovery was made, and what would become one of the richest gold strikes in California. Soon thereafter the population boomed, and along with it, a reputation for lawlessness. Success was short-lived and after the gold and silver dried up and several fires swept through the town, it was abandoned in the 1940s. It became a National Historic Site and State Park in 1962.
Distance: The area of the town is under one square mile
Time: 1-1.5 hours
Entrance Fee: $8/adult, $5 per child age 3-17. The Visitor Center and Museum are open mid-May through mid-October.
Directions: To reach Bodie, note that the access road turns into an unsurfaced dirt road for the last three miles, so plan on slow travel before reaching the park. From the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center in the high country of Yosemite, it will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to reach Bodie. For more information on driving to Bodie, visit the state park website.
Click the image below to learn more about Bodie with the official State Park brochure.