Bodie State Historic Park Transportation

  • it took even longer to get here once upon a time
    it took even longer to get here once...
    by richiecdisc
  • Drive to Bodie
    Drive to Bodie
    by SteveOSF
  • Snow's contrast to the desert ghost town
    Snow's contrast to the desert ghost town
    by DSwede

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    These rutted roads can really ruin your car

    by Ky_Happy_Dad Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Bodie is located between Yosemite National Park and the Navada border in the high desert country, about 50 miles south of Lake Taho and north of Mono Lake. It is best visited in the summer since snow makes the park difficult to reach in the winter months. Take U.S. Highway 395 North of Lee Vining. The last few miles are on a gravel road. The Park is open year round from 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information see the official webpage of the California State Parks, http://www.parks.ca.gov., or the Friends of Bodie webpage. http://www.bodie.com. The Friends webpage will link you to many other interesting links with travel tips, photos, and stories of life on the frontier.

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    remote is the word

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 28, 2009

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    it took even longer to get here once upon a time

    Bodie State Park is on the eastern side of the Sierras so a long way from where tourists are generally doing their California touring. It is a worthwhile excursion if you are in Yosemite National Park but still not exactly a short drive. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive the 95 miles from Yosemite Valley to the park. That's a long winding mountain road that will take you up to an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet. San Francisco? That's about 250 miles and 5.5 hours. If you go all the way to Mono Lake, you may as well do the additional hour up to Bodie and a good plan is to spend a night at Tuolomne Meadows and enjoy some of the beautiful Tioga Road.

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    Visiting in the off-season

    by DSwede Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    Snow's contrast to the desert ghost town

    Bodie State Park is officially only open during the summer months, but you will not be turned away if you visit during the off-season.

    The catch is that the road is 'officially' closed, but there is a pull out to the side that allows you to pass the gate. You will NOT be ticketed, fined, prosecuted or anything for visiting during the off-season.

    But the stipulation is that during these times, there are no patrols, so if you have car trouble, get stuck in the snow, etc. you are 100% on your own. There can be 10ft (3m) plus of snow in Bodie in the winter, but that is highly dependent on the year's snowfall. I've visited in December and January and been as comfortable as if it was the summer.

    But please remember that even though the park may be closed, there still may be park rangers there doing maintenance. They will patrol the parking lot to enforce that you pay the parking fee.

    Going in the off season is great because the snow adds a wonderful contrast to the area, as well as keeping most other visitors away.

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    Only by Car

    by SteveOSF Updated Oct 7, 2007

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    Drive to Bodie

    You pretty much have to drive to the park. From U.S. 395 take State Route 270. Go east 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue 3 miles on an unpaved road to Bodie. It may be impassable in winter. When in doubt, call the Park in advance at (760) 647-6445. A parking lot is provided near the entrance. A small hill hides the parking lot from the town.

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    Map

    by sim1 Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    Map of my roundtrip


    This is is a map of my roundtrip through the USA. For my roundtrip was only one possibility : the car! I travelled a lot of miles, but the roads are very good. Hahaha, getting to Bodie itself was a bumpy ride though :-)

    Please follow me to the next chapter of my trip and go to my Death Valley, another amazing place you musn't miss when you travel this part of the US.

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