Historic Bodie Ghost Town Re-Opens For Summer With Limited Services

Posted By on May 16, 2017

Courtesy of East River PR · 2 min read

MONO COUNTY, Calif. – As the year’s record snowpack melts away, one of Mono County’s great gems – Bodie State Historic Park, has opened for the summer.

State Route 270, which accesses the historic Bodie ghost town, is clear of snow and open to the public. Bodie, originally built after the discovery of gold in the mid 1800s, is the nation’s largest unrestored ghost town, located in the high desert between Bridgeport and Lee Vining at more than 8,000 feet.

With heavy winter snowfall and an earthquake that shook the old mining town last December, the Park is currently operating with reduced services for an undetermined period of time. No water is available and the restrooms in the main parking area are closed. Outhouses are located on the north side of the main parking lot, and near the Wheaton and Leurs Hotel.

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Once a booming gold rush town of about 10,000 residents, Bodie became a State Historic Park in 1962. Approximately two hundred buildings still stand in a state of “arrested decay,” giving visitors an authentic glimpse into the past. Visitors may wander the abandoned streets with a self-guided map, or learn about the town’s mining history and folklore on a guided tour of one of the most intact Stamp Mills in California, (offered daily through Labor Day weekend for a small fee).

There is a nominal entrance fee, and it is recommended to bring water, snacks and layers – and don’t forget good walking shoes and a camera. For more information, go to this link or call Bodie directly at (760) 647-6445.

Getting there: Bodie is accessed by State Route 270, seven miles east of Bridgeport, Calif. off State-designated Scenic Byway US Highway 395.

About Mono County

Located approximately 315 miles north of Los Angeles, and 280 miles east of San Francisco, Mono County accesses the east entrance to Yosemite National Park and beckons visitors in all seasons. The Eastern Sierra’s vast playground is an easily reached destination whether arriving by car on the all-weather US Highway 395, or taking advantage of convenient direct flights to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) on Alaska or United Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). US Highway 395, which traverses Mono County from north to south, is a State-designated Scenic Byway offering motorists tremendous vistas right from the steering wheel and countless side-roads, hiking trails, lakes, and roadside villages to explore. For more information or to request guides, visit MonoCounty.org or call 800-845-7922.