Calico ‘Ghost Town’ has a lot to offer to campers, explorers

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An adventure for any age group, camping is a great way to spend time with family and friends. California has it all.Forested mountains, sandy beaches, to our beautiful deserts; what better way to explore our Golden State than in a recreational vehicle.

A recreational vehicle need not be costly. Pack a tent and some essentials in the family vehicle for some great quality time. A fold up towable is an inexpensive way to save fuel and still has many comforts of a trailer. Travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, and multiple types of motorhome combinations are available for just about any budget. We will explore in future columns the value of each in their own right.

We will also discuss and review many local areas to camp, as well as what to explore in these areas. Let’s start with a local attraction that offers many options to camping. It’s just up Interstate 15 at Ghost Town Road in Yermo. Calico is a truly historical ghost town that offers a view into history, combined with up to date features and presentations from its beginnings to the present. Calico offers everything from tent camping to full hook-up rv camping with water, power, and sewer availability. Pets are allowed. Rates are about $30-$40 a night.

Calico is an old west mining town that began in about 1881. Calico produced about 20 million dollars in silver ore over a 12-year span. In the late 1890’s , the silver ore ran out. Many inhabitants left Calico. It became a “Ghost Town.” Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950’s. Knott restored five of the original buildings as they appeared in the 1880’s. Calico has been restored to the silver rush era. Calico was registered as a California Historical landmark in 1962.

Today, Calico is a part of San Bernardino County Regional Parks System. Calico has shops, restaurants, and offers outdoor activities and recreation much different from our other park facilities.

The town offers mine tours, stunt shows, gold panning, and restaurants. The historic narrow gauge Calico and Odessa Railroad, offers a ride through the historical area. Additional fees are required for some attractions. Special events are held throughout the year. Included, are a Spring Festival in May, Calico Days in early October, and a Ghost Town Haunt in late October. Civil War reenactments are also scheduled.

Calico Ghost Town campground is a short walking distance to the ghost town, and ghost town admission is included for campground guests.

There is also a KOA Campground on Ghost Town Road just three and one half miles from Calico Ghost Town. They have a pool, playground for the kids, and a store for essentials. Rates are about $45 per night. Pets are also allowed.

Let’s explore where to go and how to get there. Be it for a night, a weekend, or more; camping folks love camping folks. Make new friends and see new places.

So, let’s get rollin!

 

By Russ and Lori Tice

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