A Real Live Ghost Town
No MacDonalds, no tourist trinkets, no motels, one
bathroom, and no paved road. This is the real thing.
Bodie was a happening place around the 1870's and
through the early years of the 20th century. As many
as 12,000 people lived there during that time
successfully mining more gold than you or I could
ever possibly wear. Mining actually continued till
the 1930's. Bodie became a State Historic Park after
that, protected as a historic monument. That kept
the commercial tourist activity to a minimum
and allowed, today, what is truly a rewarding sightseeing
tour. Much of the town was destroyed by fire (several
times), but what remains is a remarkable representation
of what life was like "in the old days";
a difficult and sometimes desperate, environment in
the Eastern Sierra. Many buildings remain, and contain
furnishings, clothing articles, kitchen supplies,
and other household items left behind by their owners.
The buildings and contents are
real, this isn't Disneyland. The Park Service
maintains a policy of 'arrested decay'. Things
are allowed to remain as they were over one hundred
years ago The buildings are preserved in
their present state. The result is a remarkable
display of history.
When you visit Bodie for the first time, you will no
doubt be overcome by a sense of history, and become
very much aware of the feeling this was a place where
ghosts COULD exist. Just walk through the graveyard,
through the streets, and through the open buildings.
An almost overwhelming sense of history prevades, an
incredible feeling and empathy for what it was like
to live there during the 1800's.
There are several park employees
who live here year-round, doing maintenance and
keeping things safe from vandals. It must be an
amazing experience to be in Bodie midwinter during
heavy weather no doubt plenty of ghost
company at the old saloon!
Bodie is open whenever the road is open. It's about
13 miles off Hwy 395, along a dirt semi-maintained road,
roughly an hour or so north of Mammoth Lakes, and about
20 minutes south of Bridgeport. During winter if there
has been enough snow you would have to ski in (actually
a lot of fun). There is a nominal entrance fee.
There are no services, so bring lunch, or eat afterwards
in Bridgeport. There is only one bathroom, no motels,
no knick knack shops (one museum is open during the
summer where you can buy Bodie books and a few other
things). It's hot during the summer, and potentially
very cold during the winter.
Local Services Near Bodie, California
A full service destination resort located on Upper Twin
Lakes, Annett's Mono Village is a fishermen's haven
and family vacation hideaway. Nestled in one of the
most scenic and rugged areas in the Eastern Sierra,
Mono Village rests at an elevation of 7,000 feet and
is easily reached from Bridgeport, California. Available
are rental cabins and motels, a 300-space campground,
a fully stocked grocery store with an ATM machine, a
fully-equipped boat house, boat and pontoon boat rentals,
a cafe that offers an outdoor Friday night BBQ (Memorial
Day through Labor Day), a cocktail lounge, a beautiful
gift shop featuring clothing and assorted gift items,
a spacious lawn area offering BBQ's and picnic tables,
propane, wood, ice and fishing license sales, shower
and laundry facilities, family style restroom/showers,
and much, much more.
Western Lake View Lodge
Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining, California, is situated
on the slopes of the Eastern Sierra, overlooking the
mystifying Mono Lake, and is a convenient, overnight
stop between Southern California and the Reno-Tahoe
area. The lodge is most known for its mature trees,
expansive lawns, and an abundance of brightly colored
& Ray's Vacation Trailer Rentals
Rent a trailer the easy way. Pull your boat to the area,
rent the trailer from us and we'll park it in the campsite
of your choice. We spot the trailers FREE of charge
within a fifteen mile radius which includes Robinson
Creek and Twin Lakes, and Bridgeport Reservoir.
Located in beautiful Bridgeport, California. In business
since 1986, serving breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m.
to 2 p.m. in the summer, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
winter. Offering outside dining in the summer with excellent
views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you have a
motor home or large truck, its no problem
there is plenty of parking available.
Located in the Eastern Sierra on Highway 395, just 14
miles (23 km) from the eastern entrance to Yosemite
National Park, and minutes from Mono Lake, in Lee Vining,
California. AAA approved and open all year. All rooms
are air-conditioned and contain private baths, direct
dial phones, and cable TV. Also featuring conference
facilities and in-room coffee.
Located just 5 miles south of Bridgeport on Highway
395. This motel, restaurant and campground is the closest
accommodation to Bodie Ghost Town State Park. It is
also centrally located to some of the best fishing in
the eastern slopes of the High Sierra. Season is mid
April - Nov. 1.
Located 14 miles from the eastern entrance to Yosemite
National Park, in Lee Vining, California, overlooking
Mono Lake. One of the most popular stops for Yosemite
lodging in the Eastern Sierra. The motel's amenities
include a spa (closed in winter), in-room coffee, cable
TV, air conditioning in some rooms, phones and sundecks.