State Historic Park
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.
Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and 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.
Location – Directions
The park is northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road (Hwy 270), seven miles south of Bridgeport.
From U.S. 395 seven miles south of Bridgeport, 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 at times be rough. Reduced speeds are necessary. Call the park if there are any questions about road conditions.
Facilities and Activities
Bodie is a ghost town. Today it looks much the same as it did over 50 years ago when the last residents left. To preserve the ghost town atmosphere, there are no commercial facilities at Bodie, such as food or gasoline. There is a bookstore inside the museum where you may also inquire about daily tours.
Restrooms (flush toilets) are located at the parking lot and the picnic area.
Souvenirs and Collecting
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 are closed to entry by park visitors.
There is no camping at Bodie. Contact U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management offices for nearby camping information.
Bodie is open all year. However, because of the high elevation (8375 feet), it is accessible only by skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles during winter months. Snowmobiles must stay on designated roads in the Bodie Hills.
Winter weather is often unpredictable. Sub-zero temperatures, strong winds and white-out conditions are common. Many four wheel drive vehicles with chains get stuck each year in powdery snow. In Spring, mud can be a problem. Local towing services, when available, can be costly.
- Hours of Operation:
Summer - 9am to 6pm (May 15th - October 31st)
Winter - 9am to 4pm (November 1st - May 14th)
Winter hours may vary depending on weather and road conditions.
Museum hours: 9am to 5 pm May 15th-October 31st, Closed November 1st to May 14th
Call ahead for tour information and hours.
Free daily history talks are offered Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Daily Stamp Mill tours are also available for a small fee that benefits the Bodie Foundation. School groups (K-12 only) may obtain waivers for entry fees by calling 760-647-6445 at least four weeks in advance. School groups are scheduled generally from May 15 to Oct. 15. Private group tours are available for a fee through the Bodie Foundation. See more information at their website, www.bodiefoundation.org.
Bodie Road, Route 270, is the most direct way to reach Bodie. Bodie road and other access roads are closed seasonally to vehicles due to hazardous travel conditions. Call Cal-trans at 1-800-427-7623 for current road conditions. Often the only way to reach the park during the winter is with skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. During the Spring and or the Fall it is possible that you may have to hike 1.5 miles into the park dependent upon weather and road conditions.
The park is closed during periods of inclement weather.
CLOSURE HOURS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR THE PROTECTION OF STRUCTURES AND ARTIFACTS.
- Park Office Telephone:
Adults: $5 per person
Children: $3 per child (ages 1 to 17)
Children ages 1 and under are free
Only cash or checks are accepted at the Park Entrance Station.
The second Saturday in August is "Friends of Bodie Day" Call 760-647-6564 for information.
P.O. Box 515
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0515
NAPA Auto Parts C/O Bodie SHP
65 Hays St.
Bridgeport, CA 93517