Take in an old fashion play. Calico Ghost Town Theater is a great place to stop and get out of the blazing sun. This theater offers one of those old time plays, complete with a live piano player, accentuating the action with appropriate music. The play usually has a beautiful damsel in distress, at the hands of the evil villain and of course she is...more
The Early Man Site is an active archeological dig, one that has been connected with Dr. Leaky since 1967. Tours are given daily and the docents are more than happy to answer all your questions during the tour. We stayed after to ask a few more questions and the docent really took her time showing us many things not covered earlier.The Calico Early...more
Peggy's is totally dedicated to the 50's era and fun. There is so much to see along the walls and there is a fun picnic area in the back, a unique gift shop, and a extensive menu of diner foods to choose from. The prices are great and so is the service and smiles! A very fun decor theme too!more
Bring a lunch and avoid paying the higher prices at the Old Miner's Cafe, unless you really want to experience the Old West for yourself--at an inflated price of course.There are a few other choices at Calico Ghost Town such as Lil's Saloon--in the 1880 there were 22 saloons in town--and Calico House Restaurant. Not to mention the popcorn and Icee...more
In the great outdoors, Mom's home cooking over a camp fire--in our case, a propane burner--served on the picnic table at the KOA campsite is a great experience. Especially if you don't want to drive ten or fifteen miles to find a cafe. At Calico Ghost Town there were a couple of places to eat but we wanted the experience of outdoor cooking much...more
This happy camper is snugly tucked in his sleeping bag ready to hear scary ghost stories. If that isn't to your taste, try a night walk in the desert where the stars seem brighter and closer. You can play billards, swim in the pool, and socialize in the recreation room at the Yermo KOA, or drive 8/9 miles to Barstow and stop in one of the local...more
Calico also has a camping section for those wanting to stay the night or spend a few days.On Friday and Saturday nights, after dark, they offer a 90 minute Ghost Walk through the town. Throughout the tour, past and present sightings will be discussed--which come not only, from personal experiences of the town's employees and the Ghost Ranger, but...more
41 Reviews and Opinions
The whole town, consisting of one main street and a several other site locations, is small and easily walked within a few hours.However the little train is the easiest way to get around Calico Ghost Town and it is fun to ride. The breeze felt in the movement of the train certainly brought relief from the heat of the noon-day sun!As I remember the...more
If your car is not in excellent condition, better borrow one. Mule or horse might be fun.Okay, seriously, a car is the best way to get around this area. Make sure to have plenty of water for you and your car as overheating is always a threat in the desert.Avoid going off the road, unless you have an ATV--all terrain vehicle--as the sand can be...more
With shops named, Granny's Calico Crafts, Lane's General Store, Basket and Candle Shop, Spice Shop and Pottery Works it is easy to guess that most of the shopping at Calico Ghost Town will be centered around local craft in keeping with the image of life along the wooden planks of town in the 1880's.Don't worry, not everything sold here will be...more
On our first visit to The Early Man Site, we were given hard hats to put on before decending into one of the largest pits which had been dug quite far below ground level. I had no idea that the San Andres Fault line ran through the area, and was fascinated to learn that the two big red arrows on the wall were pointing directly at the fault line....more
This is a photo of one of the docents at the Early Man Site showing us how Native Americans made tools and weapons. It was not part of the tour. My Slovakian cousin had come for a visit and on the way to Las Vegas we stopped at the Early Man Site. My cousin had many unanswered questions by the end of the tour and I suggested we ask the docent these...more
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The desert is a dangerous place for humans.Before entering it prepare a survival kit which should include plenty of water for yourself and your car and a big sign with the words, 'HELP!' printed in large letters, so planes flying by can radio in your location and you can be saved. Click here, Desert...more
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This tough looking cowboy will obligingly stand for a photo op, but he isn't real.Calico is full of re-creations that give fun, flavor and a sense of the old west, American style. It is a small place and though I've heard comments that it was disappointing, it seemed to me to be well done and not as commercial as I expected.I've been to "real"...more
A tourist trap of the first order! This is not a cave, it is an abandoned mine. The kind of place that is most irresistible to a couple of boys on an adventure. They'll beg you till your head falls off to let them explore it and when you refuse, they compensate by catching a big ugly lizard and insist on taking it home with them in the car!Okay,...more
Desert travel can be dangerous. Bring heavy high top shoes to protect yourself from snake bites. Bring a hat to cover your head from the blistering sun. Bring UV protective sunglasses. Make sure to have a swim suit with you for a dip in KOA's refreshing pool on your return from exploring.
Spending the day at Calico or the Early Man Site might not seem like a big deal in terms of safety and the idea of being in the Mojave Desert might not send out any warning signals, until something unexpected happens.
The Barstow Field Office of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior Bureau of Land Management gives specific Desert Survival Tips that would be useful and possibly life saving.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of sunscreen to apply as often as needed. More than any thing, bring LOTS OF WATER for you and your car!!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: KOA's and the campground at Calico Ghost Town have hook-ups for campers and mobile homes, but they also offer Tent sites, so feel free to bring your tent, and camping gear.
Calico Ghost Town is now a recreation of the original silver and borax mining town that existed from the late nineteenth century. In 1881 silver was discovered in this area and the town developed to support the needs of the miners. Later, borax was the other resource dug out of the surrounding hills. When the silver was gone and a larger deposit of...more
'Hey Mom! Is this considered off the beaten path?' This is Mule Canyon Road, it has a name, but no street sign and it was exciting for us to discover and explore. We (foolishly?) followed the path of this dirt road and found several caves, which the boys begged to stop to see and in a very remote area, we came across a modern day archeological...more
In one of the major pits at the Early Man Archaeological Site a fire ring was found more than fifteen feet below the earth's surface. The docent explained how they came to discover the ring and how they could tell that it was a fire ring.It's interesting to read about such a find, but quite intriguing to see it for one's self. If you are at all...more
Calico Ghost Town is located three miles north of Yermo, California. It was historically a silver mining town from the late 1840s until the 1900's. In the early 1890's borax was discovered--ever heard of the The U.S. Borax Co. and it's "Twenty-Mule Team?: They stopped at Calico regularly. The borax mines were active until 1910 when a larger deposit...more
We felt like map makers when we discovered Mule Canyon Road. An unmarked, unpaved path leading through the Calico Mountanins.(Okay, they seemed more like hills, but to ten and eleven year old boys, they looked like majestic mountains.) Later we learned that this was part of the old "Twenty-Mule Team route," if any of you are old enough to remember...more