Bodie is the largest and best preserved gold-mining ghost town of the old west. At its peak from 1877 to 1881, Bodie boasted a population of over 8,000 people and was once called the ‘wildest camp in the west.” Today, the dusty wind blows through the walls that listened in on tales of adventure and gold discovery more than a century ago.
The entire town, over 200 structures, is preserved in a state of “arrested decay”. This ongoing stabilization process keep the town looking like it did in 1962 when it became a California State Park and crowned a National Historic Landmark.
Bodie is open year-around; however, winter storms will close the road and the only way to get to Bodie is by snow mobile or snow shoe. Summer season the park is open from 9am to 6pm. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, we offer daily tours and history talks. For those who want a more in-depth experience, you can reserve a private tour with a Bodie Historian.
We also host several events throughout the summer which include three “Late Nights in a Ghost Town” – the final event for 2017 is Aug. 27, but events will be held in June, July and August 2018. See http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509 for the latest dates. During “Late Nights in a Ghost Town,” the park stays open until 10pm. And you don’t want to miss our biggest event of the year which is the annual Friends of Bodie Day, in mid-August. The 30th anniversary is Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Join Bodie Foundation and receive your personal dinner invite and stay after hours for a “Special Evening Tour”.
A building is seen on a stormy day at the Bodie Historic State Park.
PHOTO VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
The church in Bodie.
PHOTO BY THOMAS FANGHAENEL VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS