RV Destination: Calico Ghost Town

RV Destination: Calico Ghost Town

Photo above is our RV at the Calico Ghost Town RV Campground in 1999

Calico, Calif., is an historic ghost town that offers a view back in time, combined with up-to-date features and presentations from its beginnings to the present, the Daily Press of Victorville reported.

Calico offers full-hookup RV camping with water, power, and sewer availability. Pets are allowed. Rates are about $30-$40 a night.

Calico is an old mining town that began about 1881. The are produced about $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. In the late 1890s, the silver ore ran out and people began to leave Calico, eventually turning it into a ghost town.

Walter Knott, of Knott’s Berry Farm fame, purchased Calico in the 1950s and restored five of the original buildings to their 1880s appearances. 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 area.

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.

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One Response to "RV Destination: Calico Ghost Town"

  1. Unless they have just recently made some improvements, I’d stay away from this place. We attempted to stay a night near the end of March, 2015. We did not have reservations, but the gate attendant told to check for any site in loop A or B ( full hook- up sites) without a white reservation tag and set up. The ranger would be by around 6:00 pm to collect fees. Well, there were NO sites without white reservation slips, so we assumed they were fully booked and started to leave when my wife noticed one of the tags showed the campers left two days prior and there was no new reservation. So we checked many others and found a few where the reservation was for one or two days away. We found one available for the night and proceeded to hook up and level our motorhome. Since we were dry camping prior to hooking up, I proceeded to drain my gray tank. Everything seemed to work properly until we went around the unit. WOW! Our site and two sites next to us, both lower, we’re now flooded with raw sewage. The drain cap on the next site blew off and obviously the system was badly backed up. Now we realized why there were SO MANY flies! This is a terriblly managed County owned campsite and we will never return. Buyer beware.

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