Bodie State Historic Park, Bridgeport

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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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  • We went during the winter. No one is manning the gate but the rate s now $8 per adult. This is Jan 2018.  more »
  • There are many ghost towns in the United States, but many have been "embellished" a little over the years to lure more tourists. On the other hand, oozes Bodie of authenticity. The city looks completely like it has been left with a plunk battles. The cows is still lying at the pool table, which is still covered up on kitchen tables, merchant goods is still on the shelves and so on. The one part of the city have been abandoned in the beginning of the last century, while another part of the city has had residents as late as the 1970s. The town is a piece up in the heights, and we only know to climb the last 5 kilometers on an extremely bumpy dirt road. It is both windy and barren up here, but it is almost even with the notion of an old guldmineby. It costs a small fee to visit the city, but it is definitely worth the money.
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  • We'd seen Bodie on a travel show years ago and straight away put it on our bucket list. We finally got to visit in September this year and weren't disappointed. The site is tidy and well presented and...  more »
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  • The most amazing place! It's like you go back in time but not in a reenactment type way. There are no people in hoop skirts and corsets (well maybe, but only of the paranormal kind) trying desperately to speak with a twang. It's EMPTY. It's also not cheesed up with snack bars and ice cream shops, so you may want to pack a snack and drinks because it's a fairly long run up that hill. It really IS a ghost town left as it has been but thoughtfully repaired as needed over the years. There are old beds and chairs and kitchen utensils in the homes, desks in the school, pews in the church. You can freely enter some buildings, others you may only stand in the open door and still others where you can peek in the windows. It's hauntingly beautiful with the wind whistling through town. If you find yourself in the area or even at that end of Yosemite it really is worth taking an extra day to check it out. I know it had been closed for earthquake damages right before we visited so it's important to check the website just in case, also check the road conditions in winter because the surrounding highways regularly close for winter. I think everyone should see Bodie at least once because there is nothing like it anywhere, and frankly it can't last forever and then it will truly be gone. TIP: do a little research before you go so you have an idea of the story of Bodie and, of course the curse!
  • Bodie State Historic Park is one of my favorite places in California. Do yourself a favor and drive all the way up Highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra. I'll cover the sights and towns in other reviews and get back to Bodie now. Walking through Bodie, a ghost town suspended in time, you can well imagine what life was like for its inhabitants. Brutally hot summers and freezing cold winters. Every time I go I take dozens of photos that I treasure. Walk or drive up to the cemetery because the views of the town are excellent.
  • This is an honest to goodness ghost town well worth the drive on its own or as a detour on a longer trip. Occasionally the road will be open in winter, but if it is don't expect any amenities! The museum and the restrooms are closed in the winter and no guided tours are offered, but it's still a fantastic experience! You'll get the most out of your visit spring through fall.
  • Been wanting to check this place out for a few years now and finally got around to it. Very cool place to stop for a few hours, especially if you're on your way to Mammoth from just anywhere in Northern California. There were no events and the store was closed but that I suspect was due to the timing we had upon arrival or perhaps the season. Either way, definitely a nice place to visit. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and make sure you have water along with! High desert is no joke!
  • Not a bad park. The road is paved 10 of the 13 miles to it. That last 3 miles is rough and wash boarded. For the cost of $8 a person they could at least grade the road or pave it the rest of the way. Get the $50 4 person annual pass so you can use it for other places in the state.
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