Bodie State Historic Park preserves a genuine gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Visitors may look through windows to interiors that remain as they were left. Note that there is water but no food for sale in the park. There is an unshaded picnic area. Be prepared for dry, windy, hot 8300-foot+ elevations.
This high desert site is open all year (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as posted, in winter), but the Visitor Center/Museum is only open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the elevation, the park is accessible only by over-snow equipment during the winter months. Visitors should be aware of how high altitude may affect them. From U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport, take State Route 270 east ten miles to the end of the pavement, and continue three miles on a rough dirt road to Bodie. Phone 760-647-6445.