There is no paved walkways, so particularly with rain and snow, the ground will be soft. Standard wheelchairs only on fair weather days.
In the summer, the heat can be quite intense, so bring water.
The winters can be deceivingly cold, so bring a wind breaking jacket.
Oh please be careful of nails, splinters, and broken glass everywhere! Weather is a factor here because of where it is located. It is way up in the High Sierra's in California, Elevation is 8,401. Blazing heat is common and it snows a lot here during the winter months. So please check weather conditions before you decide to head here. It has a paved road so far and the rest is a dirt road so be aware! Be sure you have a full tank of gas, supplies such as a good pair of shoes, water, and your own food.
Bodie State Park Weather
Access to some of the park is restricted for safety. These areas are mostly fenced off. The old mine is one of these areas as there is concerns regarding the integrity of the old shafts and buildings. In addition, there is a lot of debris scattered about the town. One should exercise care when stomping off the beaten bath as not to get hurt on the old junk.
Some of the old buildings are inhabited by rangers. They do a good job concealing their occupation from the wandering eye. Signs saying “Ranger Residence” are erected. But it would be easy to miss the signs and accidentally invade some ranger’s privacy if one was not careful.
One very important tip I can give is to always have water handy. You should always have it handy when its hot of course, but also during winter months. Never stop drinking water. When we visited Bodie it was so hot. We were very thankful to be carring water bottles, we went through it fast. Yet, it gets real cold here during the winters months of course too, so buddle up.
Weather for Bridgeport, Ca.
I used Bridgeport since its the nearest and the weather stations don't recognize Bodie.
" Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
-- Mark Twain, 1884
This is most certainly a warning, but not for the poor quality of the road. The road is very bumpy so it is impossible to drive with any kind of normal speed.
The warning is for not taking the road all the way! It is an endless road, in which you start to wonder where you are going. Is it worth driving so far on this poor road...? Yes! Don't turn around, but keep on following this road until you get to Bodie! This place is really worth a visit!
This is a real ghost town, not a made up tourist town. Broken glass, old boards and rusty metal are everywhere. Also, the mill area is closed to the public.