Bodie State Historic Park, Bridgeport

4.6
Bodie State Historic Park takes you on a journey back to the days of Californian Gold Rush. A bustling mining community of nearly 10,000 people in the 1880s, this area was completely abandoned by the mid-20th century. This time-capsule-like slice still has about 100 original buildings. If you look through the windows, you'll see that the interiors are also intact. Head to the museum to get on one of the tours, or explore on your own. Be aware that the only facilities are a parking lot and restrooms, so bring any snacks and drinks you may want. Put Bodie State Historic Park into our Bridgeport trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bridgeport.
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  • Located remotely. 10 miles from a major road, and three miles of pure gravel road. But once you get a unique experience. $8 in entry + $2 for a good guide brochure. The mine itself, unfortunately, just visit with guide.
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  • Going from 10,000 people in the late 1800's in its peak, all related to gold mining, to a few hundred only 5 years later, and a ghost town after 1930, this town was fascinating. Only 5% of the origina...  more »
  • Do not miss the chance to visit Bodie. It is the opportunity to walk back into history with the houses, shops, school, chapel etc all still there in the gold-rush town, just as they have been left whe...  more »
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  • I've visited Bodies since 2003. It's been no one here and managed as a ghost town; however, I was very grateful now having people to manage and added more old equipment and renovated the park. I have only recognized Church and street. I personally don't like the faded things. You?
  • I would give the State of California a negative 50 stars for this State Park. The park guide at Mono Lake was recommending that foreigner {from Japan with a small rental vehicle} take the ride to Bodie, a bad move! Before going to the area we contacted the State and found the road CA-270 to be closed, then a day before leaving home it was found to be open. I have wanted to see this park for 40+ years, and thus the day before arriving in the area consulted the California park service that told me that the June winter storm had the last three miles of the road muddy and thus "travel was at one's own risk". The day and hour we got to CA-270 the road was clear and dry, and no where in the area could we find any more info. Thus we decided to take the 13 mile {one way} drive to the site. The first 10 miles is paved and the last 3 are dirt, which I have driven upon millions of times in my life; what I have not driven upon is a 'WashBoard' that shakes the living .... out of the vehicle {2005 Hyundai} and the passengers. This Washboard road has NO guard rails and cliffs on the left that go up, and cliffs on the right that drop hundreds of feet. The car shook so violently that we only made it 300 yards before doing a dangerous 3-point U-turn. Perhaps a large RV or a large SUV with big tires and an insane driver can make the 6-mile round trip on this 'pavement?", but if you are in a small vehicle it is not recommended and may be very dangerous. The road was dry when we tried it; I cannot imagine going on it when the road is wet with rain or snow and slippery as grease. The State of California is highly neglect and should be ashamed of this. I will not ever be back until the last three miles are paved and guard rails are installed.
  • What a great opportunity to wander around an old town. Nice photo opportunities and very interesting. Some buildings are maintained with historical contents, others allowed decay, droop and tilt. It was well worth the drive, just be aware it's down a long (but well maintained) dirt road.
  • Very large Boom/Ghost town. Many historical buildings in perfect to slightly damaged condition. Vast area with plenty to see. Feels like taking a step into the past.
  • Great bit of gold rush era history. Can be hot with very little shade. We brought an EZup and some chairs to sit on for a picnic lunch in the parking lot. There are bathrooms but no other amenities. No food or drinks for sale.

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