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Bodie Ghost Town
Bodie State Historical Park
California: Bodie State Park
495 acres preserves the famous ghost town
20 mi. Southeast of Bridgeport, US Hwy 395 to SR270. Across the highway from Green Creek turn off.
Bodie is one of the best preserved mining camps in California. This is the most famous ghost towns out west, due to its reputation. It once had a population of 10,000 residents & was well known gold-mining town. 170 buildings, not restored. Museum/Visitors Center on site.
Bodie State Park Open: all year
Eastern Sierra High Desert, spare vegetation, barren landscape w/ dirt roads.
elevation: 8000' (snow is common in winter months)
Halfway paved; graded gravel road. Bare bones washboard, desert dirt, main road to and from US Hwy 395
off roaders alternate route in:
Considered the back way into Bodie, from Bridgeport via Aurora Cyn. Locate the Bridgeport Reservoir, eat of town; take Route #168 Aurora Canyon Road to Geiger Grade, right turn to Bodie. Rugged dirt roads, mostly graded, washouts possible. 4WD might be needed in wet conditions. FREE primitive tent camping is common in Aurora Canyon, but not on the windy passes of the grade, so plan accordingly. The views are breathtaking in certain spots.
NO MOTORHOMES: Do not even attempt to take a large RV out this way. Narrow canyon with steep long grades, loose gravel and dirt. Creek crossings and rocks in the road. Minimal turn around spots.
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