Local Area Attractions
Calico Ghost Town
Old silver mining town built in 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. It is now one of a few original Old West mining camps and consists of at least one-third original structures; the remaining buildings are consistent in representing reconstruction of the Old West. A fun place for the whole family located only 3 miles from the park.
A beautiful national natural landmark located just 12 miles from us. Though access is unpaved much of the way, it is an easy drive to the Rainbow Basin Loop, an area of multi-colored rock formations and scenic canyons.
Calico Early Man Archaeological Site
Unique in-place museum of Pleistocene archeology and geology and two master pits where most of the findings were made.
Museums of Interest in Nearby Barstow (6 miles)
- Mojave Valley River Museum is a vast collection of natural and historic treasures.
- Desert Discovery Center has many displays including extinct animal tracks and the Old Woman Meteorite, the 2nd largest meteorite in U.S.
- Western American Railroad Museum preserves history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest, including the massive "dated nails" collection.
- Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum includes a collection of historic photos and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
IHWR Off Road Gathering! (April 2015)
Scouts West is a group of people who are interested in trucks (4x4 and 2x4) made by International Harvester.
The types of wheeling we enjoy include, rock crawling, sand dunes and day trips to the local four wheel drive and off road areas.
Ghost Haunt (Oct 24th - 26th and Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014)
This is the one time a year when Calico Ghost Town actually becomes a ghost town. It's a hauntingly good time with costume contests, pumpkin carving, ghost stories, and a chilling stroll through Maggie's Haunted Mine.
Calico's Heritage Fest (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Special events including western music, living history displays, etc.