Calico Ghost Town
Phone: (800) 86-CALICO
Fax: (760) 254-2047
Calico is different than all of the other regional parks, because it is a cool, functioning historical site.
“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 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”.
October 3rd through 4th of this year will be Calico Days, hosted by Calico Ghost Town.
What is Calico Days? The first weekend of October, Calico will be celebrating the rich history of California's Silver Rush! Ghost Town events are held to commemorate Calico's mining past. A weekend of entertainment includes such festivities as a Miner's Triathlon and Burro Race.
Calico Ghost Town has access to Bureau of Land Management OHV trails located in back of the Calico campgrounds. The trail running from Odessa to Mule Canyon can be explored on ATVs, 4-wheelers and motorcycles offering Calico campers with these types of vehicles an added experience to their camping trip.