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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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  • An amazing amount of history - a lot to take in, plan to spend the whole day. Call ahead to ensure the road is open - part of the road is rough gravel road, and it is easy to get misdirected by GPS to...  more »
  • Allow several hours for the visit, especially if you're a fan of American history. This is the best preserved of the United States, especially the largest ghost town. There is only a small percentage of the city, but a good number of buildings are still standing. To access them, usually through Bridgeport and go up a stony road. This path may seem somewhat impressive and better to have a slightly high car with good tyres (avoid the convertible rental); However, it is not very long. It is a Historic Park, meaning that he survives only by donations from visitors and is not maintained by the State. Admission is less than ten dollars and adding just a few dollars for the Museum and its guide (which is really worth, with an interesting selection of objects and records). It is possible to move between the buildings of course but also to 'visit' some houses and the Church; others watch through the window (the school, the undertaker, a store). It is a real dive in history since the inhabitants are gone leaving some of their belongings after a great fire that ravaged a large part of the city and a desertion of places, exploration of the local mines have not been the most successful. The place is well organized with a dedicated parking lot where we picnicked before heading back to Travertine Hot Springs to bathe us in nature not far away.
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  • Really a slap. A trip back in time. The atmosphere is really very special. A desert aloft, an impressive calm, a gripping story. Seen at the time. the place is very well preserved. A must-do!
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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.