A Guide to Visiting Calico, An Old Mining Ghost Town in Yermo, CA: What to Expect & 5 Things to Know

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Calico Ghost Town sign

On our family road trip to Zion, Utah, this summer, my hubby and I decided to make it an “old-school” style of vacation for our kids with plenty of stops on the way and goodie bags with activities and snacks to open every hour of our trek.

As I began to research entertaining things to do while we were on the road, I came across information on “Calico Ghost Town”, an old, abandoned mining town in Yermo, California, located in San Bernardino County.

Never heard of Calico?… well, I hadn’t either!

Here’s a brief recap of the history of Calico from their website

Calico is an Old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the most significant 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-1890s, Calico lost its population.  The miners packed up, loaded their mules, and moved away, abandoning the town that once gave them a good living.  It became a “ghost town.”  

Sounds like an intriguing place, right??

So we decide, we had to add it to our list of pit stops.

From our home in North San Diego County, it was about a 3-hour drive, but the good news was that it was basically located on our route (3 miles off the interstate) so it was a great place to break up our trip.

Although we were there for only about an hour (there is plenty to do to last a few hours), there are some things that would be helpful to know ahead of time, so I’m going to break down the Top 5 Things to Know About Calico Ghost Town.