Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."
Calico is located between Barstow and Baker on the 15 fwy.
Open Daily from 9am - 5pm
Price (you pay when you drive in) $6 per Adult, Youth (6-15) $5, and 5 and under FREE
Walking through the streets they have little shops, artifacts, restaurants, attractions, museums, and beautiful scenery.
They have Maggie's Mine that is $1 per person CASH ONLY
A Mystery Shack - A crooked house where the water runs uphill (we wished we had time for this)
Lucy Lane Museum - Artifacts, photographs, and documents from Calico's origin.
Gold Panning - I thought my toddler was too young for this...so didn't try it - saving it for next time!
and my toddlers favorite (of course) Calico-Odessa Railway! $3 per person CASH ONLY!
In all we had a blast!
Tips - It gets very HOT....I would avoid the summer months. Drink plenty of water, wear good shoes for some hiking, sunblock!, and CASH!