Mammoth Lakes History & Museums: Bodie State Historic Park / Ghost Town, California

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Bodie Ghost Town

Travel back in time at Bodie State Historic Park, a gold mining ghost town an hour north of Mammoth Lakes. Highlights include period artifacts and daily summer tours.

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  • Entry fee $8/adult and $5/child 1-17, children under age of 1 are free.
  • Located 53 miles from Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Bodie is open year round, but summer is the ideal time to visit.
  • Tours are available during summer. Inquire at the museum.

Overview

About an hour north of Mammoth Lakes, Bodie State Park is a gold mining ghost town, with structures dating back to the late 19th century.

Bodie grew to prominence after a mine cave in revealed a large deposit of gold ore, transforming the small town into a gold rush boom town. At its peak, Bodie was home to over 10,000 residents.

The town is now preserved in a state of “arrested decay,” meaning, nothing in the town is repaired, but nothing is allowed to fall down. In fact, many structures are still full of original period artifacts and furniture.

For the most rewarding visit, head to the museum where they arrange daily tours.

Location/Directions

Mailing Address
PO Box 515
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 647-6445

Driving Directions

Located in Bodie, California, to reach the state park from Mammoth head north on US-395. After 32 miles turn right onto CA-167 E/Pole Line Rd, then turn left at Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Follow Cottonwood Canyon 9 miles, then turn right on CA-270 E/Bodie Rd.

Hours/Seasons

The park is open 9am to 6pm in summer, and 9am to 4pm in the off season (usually October through late spring). The museum is open daily during the summer. While the park is open year-round, winter snows make the roads impassable by car and the park is only accessible by skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles.

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