Bodie State Historic Park

Phone Number

(760) 616-5040

Park Hours

Winter Hours: 9am-4pm
November 6, 2022 - March 11, 2023 (Extended until further notice)

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed in park but not allowed in any historic buildings, including the Stamp Mill or in the Museum.

Driving Directions to Bodie SHP

The park is northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road, 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 an unsurfaced 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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available

About Bodie 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 W.S. Body (or 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.


Know Before You Go

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. Please read the following to prepare for your trip to Bodie. 

Dogs are permitted in the park but must be on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet. Dogs are not allowed on the Stamp Mill tour or in the Museum.

In the interest of public safety and the preservation of resources, Bodie SHP is closed to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” “quad-copters” and similar. (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 4326 A)

Closed Areas
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.

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.

Winter Visits
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. Check road conditions before traveling. Choose to travel only when safe.   


Bodie Winter Season (Beginning November 6, 2022)

Park Hours: 9am - 4pm

Getting to Bodie - At this time, Highway 270 (Bodie Road) and Cottonwood Canyon Road may be closed due to snow. Current conditions of CA 270 can be found on the Caltrans websiteFor information about Cottonwood Canyon Road or information in general about reaching the park at this time please contact our office at (760) 616-5040.

On October 30, 2022, talks and tours concluded and the museum and bookstore closed for the season.

The entrance kiosk is closed at this time. Day use fees are still required. Fees are collected at the honor-system fee station in the parking lot by path towards the church. No change is available, bring exact change. You must show proof of payment if requested by park staff.

Due to the harsh winter conditions of the Bodie Hills, it is extra important you incorporate safety into your travel plans. Investigate weather conditions before you leave home and have the tools to travel safely (a four-wheel drive vehicle, chains, tow-out equipment, food, water, warm clothing, an emergency kit, a satellite messenger device, etc.).