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.
Bodie State Historic Park reviews
We were blown away by the remoteness of this gem. We can't believe this was so big and interesting! We could have spent the whole day here! more »
Great historical site. Well-preserved. And don't worry about the 3-mile gravel road. We had a Nissan Versa and it was fine. In fact, of the 30 cars we saw this morning, more than half were sedans... more »
An absolute treasure for the State of California. If you are anywhere even remotely nearby, you should stop and see this park. Beware though, the rangers are definitely on top of parking fees so make sure you pay the parking fee properly. It is even dog friendly. Might be wise to use the restroom before coming here though, the facilities aren't exactly top notch. On the other hand if you do have to go, it gives you a pretty good feel for how things used to be back in the olden days.
In 1882 Bodie's population of 12,000 people made it one of the largest and roughest gold rush towns. Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains
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