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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. A visit to Bodie State Historic Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bridgeport vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Great place!!! An authentic ghost town! Be careful when driving along the road that takes you there (do not drive over 15 km per hour). 
  • I was here for Friends of Bodie Day 2016. Now, I've been coming to Bodie almost yearly since 1999. And, this year I saw something “new”. If you're “on wheels”, please note that the park now has two “h...  more »
  • In the middle of the nowhere, in a high-altitude basin in the mountains in the West of California lies the abandoned gold mining town Bodie with his old and partially, dilapidated wooden houses and the gold rush heart of the city: the mine building. Everywhere in the city and the surrounding area are utensils and objects from this bygone era scattered, which unconditionally subject to the laws of nature: rusted mine cars (Hunte), kitchen utensils, tools... Through the window of the old buildings you can understand life to those times well - very many buildings were abandoned so rapidly that even everyday furnishings under thick dust can be seen. In addition to typical houses, the city offers some other interesting buildings: saloon, Barber, fire, gymnasium, generator building, Church, Bank (with the vault of the city)... Bodie is absolutely worth a visit! A head covering against the strong sun and water is definitely recommended (the paths offer little shady areas). As the Park is a State Park and a National Park, it is not in the National Park card included and extra for the Rangers at the park entrance to pay but not excessively expensive -. Directions/directions: in order to leave US 295 in Dogtown West on the Bodie Rd - the access road to Bodie State takes historic Park from there but also with normal vehicles easy to cope with 30 min with the last unpaved gravel road are few miles - this is because the access road is well maintained and also according to many cars visit the Park.
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  • Bodie is an authentic Wild West mining town, known as America's "best preserved ghost town" since it is now maintained in a state of "suspended decay". Park hours are 9 am to 6pm in the summer and 9 am to 5 pm in the winter. The hours are strictly enforced, but with the assistance of the non-profit Bodie Foundation the park does hold some special events such as Friends of Bodie Day which may enable you to stay into the evening. There may also be a limited number of Photographer Says offering sunrise and sunset access. Check the State Park and Bodie Foundation Web sites for the dates and prices for these rare opportunities. In recent years the park has enabled the Bodie Foundation to chaperone photography workshops, either for after hours sunset and night photography from 6 pm - 1 am or for sunrise and supervised interior access in the morning. Viewing and photographing the night sky is enhanced by the dry and generally clear night skies. There's minimal light pollution in this area, and the altitude of 8375 feet helps provide a stunning view of the Milky Way and meteor showers as well. Pay attention to the moon phase if you prefer a dark night for best view of the stars, or a moonlit night for ample lighting on the town. Workshop dates are set well in advance and the workshops are popular and can fill quickly, so they're not something you can drop in on. To register, you can find the special access Bodie photography workshops through the Bodie Foundation or via a Google search. As with the other special programs in the park, the photography workshops are an important source of building stabilization funds. The town is accessed seasonally via 10 miles of paved Bodie Road and three miles of unpaved road. The park remains open in winter but the roads are closed, so you should look up Bodie Road as CA-270 on the Caltrans Web site to confirm its open status if you're trying to visit between November and May.
  • Was a unique experience but can't see why they charged $$ to enter. It's one of those "once you've seen it" places. The long gravel road back to it is not well kept. Very rough, dirty and slow going. It was bumper to bumper also. I'm not planning to back.
  • If you are into ghost towns, this is a great place to visit. Well maintained and with lots of things to see. Worth a visit!
  • I love being able to see how times used to be. There are a couple areas that you can actually walk through a house that still has furniture there. There is a museum to visit as well. I cannot wait to go back and take more time looking at more!
  • Very cool area to visit that has some history behind it. Glad they turned it into a state park to preserve it. Well worth the visit.