Highway 270 is open to traffic to Bodie SHP. Cottonwood Canyon Road is currently open to the park. There are several large ruts on Cottonwood Canyon. Please drive carefully.
Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions.
Current Road Conditions: Cottonwood Canyon from the upper gate 1.5 miles from the park is still very snowy and muddy. We are hoping to open it the week of the 20th.
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.
Bodie Ghost Walk and Star Stories
Three Extraordinary Nights - Three Remarkable Tours Bodie will stay open until 10pm for the General Public. You are welcome to enjoy town on your own or take a tour and turn your night into an experience that will last a lifetime!!
June 29, July 27, and August 31 2019 (The tours are sold out)
Three Extraordinary Nights - Three Remarkable Tours
Bodie will stay open until 10pm for the General Public. You are welcome to enjoy town on your own or take a tour and turn your night into an experience that will last a lifetime!!
The 1.5 hour Ghost Walk begins at 6pm at the Church. As we meander through the quiet streets, you will learn of the most fascinating ghost stories and legends of Bodie. We will visit hangouts of the notorious, peer into the homes of the gentle and walk among the spirits of the past...
At 8pm, there will be an Exclusive Ghost Mill Tour. The 116 year old Standard Mill will be especially spooky under dim lights... You will hear strange tales of the place where memories have collected for over a century.
If you have ever experienced Bodie at night, you know that the star studded sky is breathtaking. It is a perfect time to learn of the ancient stories of our universe. Astronomer Dave Hurst will begin the 'Star Stories' at 8:30pm (not available July 27th)
$40 per person - Ghost Walk
$25 per person - Ghost Mill Tour
FREE - Star Stories
Please call (760) 616-5040 for more details.
Entrance fee apply to all visitors ($8 Adults - $5 under 18 3 and under are free)
Park closes at 10pm
See more at: http://www.bodiefoundation.org/bodie-ghost-walk-ghost-mill/
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.
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)
Stamp Mill Tour
Take a 50 minute walk through one of the most intact Stamp Mills in California. You will learn how gold was extracted from quartz and turned into bullion bars. You will see the machine shop, electrical room, amalgam tables and the mighty stamps. Maximum of 20 people per tour. Reserve your tickets at the museum. $6 per person. This walking tour passes over uneven terrain and a short staircase. Dogs are not allowed.
Stamp Mill tour times: (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm as staffing allows)