Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold mining ghost town located in Mono County. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of 10,000 people.
Only a small part of the town survives. Interiors remain as they were left, stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Today, this once-thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.
Bodie is a ghost town. Today it looks much the same as it did over 65 years ago when the last residents left. There is a bookstore inside the museum where you can inquire about daily tours.
To preserve the ghost town atmosphere, there are no commercial facilities at Bodie. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water. Restrooms are located at the parking lot and the picnic area. There is no smoking allowed in the park, except in the parking lot. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not permitted on Mill or Mining District Tours.
Everything in Bodie is part of the historic scene and is fully protected. NOTHING may be collected or removed from the park. Metal detectors are not allowed. For public protection, certain unstable sections of the park are posted as prohibited areas and closed to entry by park visitors.
There is no camping at Bodie. Contact U.S. Forest Service or BLM offices for nearby camping information. Fire restrictions are often in effect.
Bodie is open all year. However, because of the high elevation (8,375 feet), it is accessible only by skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles during the winter months. Snowmobiles must stay on designated roads in the Bodie Hills. The park is closed during inclement weather.
Directions to Bodie from Mammoth Lakes: Take U.S. Highway 395 north approximately 35 miles, then take State Route 270. Go east 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue 3 miles on a dirt road to Bodie. The last 3 miles can be rough at times. Reduced speeds are necessary. Call the park if there are any questions about road conditions. Latitude/Longitude: 38.2122 / -119.0111
From May 15 through October 31, Bodie is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In winter or as posted, hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bodie hours may vary due to weather or season and are posted at all entrances. CLOSURE HOURS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR THE PROTECTION OF STRUCTURES AND ARTIFACTS.