Exploring Bodie State Historic Park

Oct 15, 2020

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town located in Mono County. Once a thriving town with a population of 10,000, only a small portion of the town survives today. What is left of the town of Bodie are preserved in a state of “arrested decay” — interiors remain as they were left, stocked with goods and exteriors are maintained only enough to keep the buildings as close to the way they were when the area was designated a National Historic Site and State Historic Park in 1962.

Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town on a self-guided tour and peek inside the windows of abandon homes, a church, the saloon, jail and other buildings reminiscent of the Wild West from the movies. There is also a bookstore inside the museum where you can inquire about daily guided tours. 

What to Expect at Bodie State Historic Park

To preserve the historic atmosphere, there are no commercial facilities at Bodie State Historic Park. Be sure to bring plenty of food, water and other supplies you may need (think: extra layers, sunscreen, a hat, etc.) for a day trip from Mammoth Lakes to Bodie State Historic Park.

Restrooms are located in 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. Camping at Bodie State Historic Park is not allowed.

For public protection, certain unstable sections of the park are posted as prohibited areas and closed to the public.

Bodie State Historic Park Hours of Operation & Admission

Bodie State Historic Park 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. 

From May 15 through October 31, Bodie State Historic Park is open from 9 am to 6 pm. In winter or as posted, the hours are 9 am to 3 pm. Bodie State Historic Park hours may vary due to weather or season and are posted at all entrances. 

NOTE: Closure hours are strictly enforced for the protection of structures and artifacts.

Admission fees to Bodie State Historic Park are $8 per adult 18 and $5 per child 17 and younger.

Getting to Bodie State Historic Park from Mammoth Lakes

From Mammoth Lakes, take Hwy. 395 north approximately 35 miles, until you see signs to Bodie State Historic Park. Then take S.R. 270. east for 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue three miles on a dirt road to Bodie. The last three miles can be rough at times. Call the park if there are any questions about road conditions.