Calico is a ghost town in San Bernadino County. Calico gets its name from the Calico mountains that it is located in. It is also located in the Mojave Desert. Calico used to be a silver mining site but became a ghost town. The Knott’s familly of Knott’s Berry Farm fame once owned the town but gave it to the county. Now the city is a county park. Calico has become a popular tourist destination for Southern Californians.
Calico is a small town. Calico is a lot like the old town in Knott’s Berry Farm but long and thin. Calico is built up on a mountain top. There are a few ways to get to the city but most people ride the tram. The town has lots of little things to see and do.
Calico is a great spot to camp and stay if you are headed elsewhere like Las Vegas, or Death Valley. It is also a great day trip. If you plan to stay camping spots are about $325-30 a night depending if you have a tent or trailer. There are also a few cabin options that are more expensive. If you camp here there are some great places to wander around like caves but you should be careful. You also will want to dress for the weather the days can be hot and nights cold it is a desert. There are also rattlesnakes. From the camp site you can walk to the town.
The ghost town cost $6 for adults, $3 for kids 3-15 and under 3 is free. This only get you entrance into the town. Other attractions cost extra. Calico has a few original buildings but most are new and made to look like they are old. Sometimes there are shows such as gunfights. Mostly the city is an old town kind of place with lots of little shops. Unlike most old towns with antiques and similar stores this old town tends to keep with the Wild West feel having places like Saloons offering root beer on tap. Some stores do offer nostalgic collectibles though. There is a rock shop too celebrating the mines past.
Besides the stores there is a mystery shack only open on the weekends. There is also a small train that takes you through the old mines. There is also gold panning which is also only open on the weekends. These all cost extra.
Calico is a fun place for both kids and adults. The kids will enjoy running around as well as seeing gun fights. Kids will also enjoy the train, mine, and gold panning. Adults will enjoy the history and the nostalgia. This is a great place to take the family for a day trip or even stop to other locations.