Bodie Travel Guide

  • Bodie, California
    Bodie, California
    by SteveOSF
  • Ghosttown Bodie, CA, US
    Ghosttown Bodie, CA, US
    by gubbi1
  • Ghosttown Bodie, CA, US
    Ghosttown Bodie, CA, US
    by gubbi1

Bodie Things to Do

  • Bodie State Historic Park

    As the town of Bodie is completely engulfed by Bodie State Historic Park, the only way to gain access is through the park. The town is virtually abandoned, with the exception of some park staff. There is a small fee to enter the park. I will place more information regarding the park and the majority of my tips on my Bodie State Historic Parkpage....

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  • Ghost Stories

    This spooky place had a ghost storyteller when we were there. The park ranger had a bonfire started by the park entrance in the evening, where he was keeping us entertained and warmed.Many of California's State Parks do not have an admission fee. We did pay a small fee to visit Bodie.

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  • Praise the Lord (and pass the...

    In its prime, Bodie boasted 65 saloons. But, it was also home to 2 churches, including the one shown here.

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  • Your money is safe here!

    During the last major fire to hit Bodie, the wooden structure of the Bank was destroyed. All that remained was the vault, constructed out of bricks and iron.

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  • Rack 'em up!

    Back in its heyday, Bodie boasted 65 saloons. It was a town boasting lots of money, but little to do, other than partake in a vice or 2.For a diversion, the local men would challenge each other to a game at the local pool hall.

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  • Abandoned

    Although most of the buildings are not open to the public, you can peek through the windows and see everything exactly as it was when it was abandoned in 1942.This photo is of the general store in town.

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  • The town in the middle of nowhere

    It really is kind of spooky here. Most of the buildings are still standing, and appear as they were in 1942 when the Gold Mill shut down, effectively closing the town forever. Tumbleweeds roll lazily up the streets, and the strong smell of musty old wood sends a shiver up my spine.

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  • The Gold Mill at Bodie

    The gold mill in Bodie operated from 1859 to 1942, extracting gold and silver from the rock to be sent to San Francisco to be melted down. During this time it operated, the town suffered 2 major fires which destroyed most of the town. The irony - there was plenty of water on both occasions, but the grates within the emergency water supply were so...

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  • You might think it's small houses.....

    There are old public restrooms in Bodie. An outhouse restrooms! Those on pictures were abandoned but there are still few that can be used by visitors...and with toiletpaper inside!

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  • Do you think this is a hotel or a store?

    In Bodie there was hotels. This building is the WHEATON and HOLLIS HOTEL and BODIE STORE. During the year 1885 to 1886 this building serves as the U.S. Land office.

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  • The Standard Mill

    The Standard Mill is located east of Bodie. The mill was a big succes in the year 1878, since then Bodie roze from about twenty thousand of miners, entrepreneurs and gamblers. This mill was destroyed by fire in the year 1898 and but wa rebuilt the following year.

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  • Bodie street scene

    We had a walk at the *Main street*.Main street formerly leads through Bodie Creek Canyon and continues for seven miles to the California and Nevada border.

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Bodie Restaurants

  • Don't miss a great meal

    We were tired and hungry from our trek through Bodie State Historical Park and were on our way to Bridgeport. We stopped at the restaurant at the Virginia Creek Settlement for some Italian food. We had one of the best pizzas we have ever had with a side salad. When I used the restroom I was very surprised to see a gold miner fully dressed laying in...

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  • A good dinner

    We found a cute and cozy restaurant decorated with antique stuffs like collection of old cans, a pot , bottles, hanged old paintings,posters of Bodie and Mono Lake. I notice they were probably the only restaurant in the area and about 6 p.m just a few tables are free., lots of people had their dinner there. A plate of salad is included to the...

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  • A good dinner

    Okey, I have to give you first a short story how did we come up of his restaurant; Our first attempt to Bodie was disappointment, not because of the place BUT my memory stick had ran out of space for more digital pictures of Bodie!..what a pity!! since Bodie has no services to plug on our handy laptop we wern't able to transfer the images...we...

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Bodie Transportation

  • Dont let the rough road scare you

    The paved road ends about 3 miles from Bodie and turns into a very bumpy gravel road. Keep on going! It's worth it in the end!

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  • Driving to Bodie

    If you enlarge the picture, you'll see excatly what kind of route we took to reach the park!!..wow! but there's no other route than that..thus, we had to drive back even 4 times with that route!

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  • driving on a rough dusty road....

    This is what the road looks like on our way to Bodie. From Bodie's intersection it's about 17 miles to park entrance....you'll be driving within paved and unpaved road, driving unpaved road takes about 30 minutes...It was terribly dusty!!

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Bodie Local Customs

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    by kylian74 Updated May 3, 2004

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    HEAD FRAME and machinery are at the east of parking lot. It was the headframe for the hoisting works of the Red Cloud Mine. Beneath it are the Red Cloud's steam hoist air compressor.
    These just one symbolize the mining works times of locals.

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Bodie Warnings and Dangers

  • Be prepared for the weather

    Bodie lies at a high altitude in the desert. As a result, it gets bright sun during the day, but can be chilly in the mornings and evenings. We were there in August, and needed windbreakers in the late afternoon. Also make sure that you use sunscreen on your face and any other exposed skin so that you don't get sunberned by the strong desert sun.

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  • As posted!!

    Do not walk or drive into park during closed hours!We were still strolling the park at about 4:10p.m thus, 10 minutes late to the park closing hour... There were rangers who drive and check the park on time, They warn visitors to leave the park.Park is open from 8:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. during summer months and from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m the rest of...

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  • There's trash cans!

    Don't litter!!...as an old town you might not think there's no trash can around but there is...it looks like this located is some street corner.

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Bodie Tourist Traps

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    by kylian74 Updated May 4, 2004

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    Although there were 2 public toilets at the parking area, it was close during our visit so I have to go to Bodie's toilet !!...Thanks to Chris ( Balfor ) who have given me short info about an "Outhouse" toilet... a small building/ kind of small house that is built over a large hole dag in the ground..It don't really get flushed or cleaned but seat part get cleaned! They are just used until they get full...abandon and build another.

    Unique Suggestions: Why not trying to use the toilets, It's a great experience though can be smeally just like the one I've used on the photo.hubby even make a joke taking pic of me :-)

    A toilet
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Bodie Off The Beaten Path

  • Bumpy Road ..But worth it..

    When going to Bodie.. Make sure you go in the late spring or summer months..As the snow may prevent travel. Its in the mountains and on a good dirt road .. Once you park and start your tour.. try to look at all the buildings and their story.. There are park guides there and a gift shop..What I found interesting there was the church and school...

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  • Brine Flies

    Brine flies practically covered the surface of the shallow of Mono Lake. In the past, protein starved Mono Indians harvested and ate the larvae, giving them the name Mono - meaning "fly eating".While Mono Lake is an extremely serene looking place, the overwhelming smell of the salt water and seagull poo in the desert heat and the thought of eating...

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  • Large Tufa Towers

    Some of the towers can be up to 6 feet tall. They are a very peculiar sight, rising up out of the water like giant statues.

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  • Ghosts of Bodie

    I spent the afternoon at Bodie State Park just north of Lee Vining, California off highway 395. It’s about 150 miles from Reno. In the old mining hall (the current museum), there are two hearse. The retired teacher/museum worker said it isn’t “hearses” but “hearse”. My spell checker says otherwise. The woman said that when they were moved into the...

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  • number of every houses

    House numbers are located at front of every houses...All numbers are in brass gold, you have to look down because numbers are on piece of wood pulled on the ground.

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