Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town & Campground

Yermo, California



Yermo, California
Phone: (760) 254-2122

Sites: 253
Recent Rate: $35 4/2015

Latitude: 34.9449277864312
Longitude: -116.864801645279

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $1.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 1.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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51 Reviews

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Guinness

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We called on a Saturday to make a reservation at the park for the following Sunday night. We were told there were plenty of spaces available, so it wasn't necessary to make a reservation. Upon arrival, the gate attendant told us sections A and B had full hookups, and if we didn't find something we liked to pick any site and wait as there would be people checking out soon. Check-in is 4:00. We found section A with ease. Section B is located to the right after passing through section A, but it's not easily visible (you have to drive through a portion of section A and make a right turn to find section B). We decided on a site in section C, which was electric only. There was a water spigot nearby, but the water didn't taste great. Money wasn't collected at the gate, but a ranger came around later to collect. Site was gravel and relatively level. Our Verizon signal was intermittent. The restrooms/showers were clean, but the showers are pay, so take at least 4 quarters for 5 or 6 minutes of water. Water temperature and pressure were great. There was a security patrol throughout the park during the night. The cost of the ghost town tour is included in the camping fee, so I guess $35 for an electric hook up only wasn't too bad. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Gilbert & Gail

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Biggest reason I can see to stay here is to go to the ghost town. Admittance is included with the space rental. I do agree that unless you want a crowd do not go during special events. But that goes for everyplace you stay. We had a great time met some nice people the ranger patrolled every hour until 11PM. We stayed for two nights on our way to Death Valley. Two sunsets and roasted marshmallows. The spaces are wide enough some would be hard to get into if the place was full just because of the angle required to get into them. This is a desert so expect sand and dust. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Calico Ghost town and nothing else is around you except desert. There are lots of tent spaces as well as RV and they are in separate loops for the most part. This is a good setup.

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SKP

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $30.00
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This place was not for us. We were there during the New Years weekend. The park was packed with no room for our 36 ft fifth wheel. Dogs were running loose, OHV's were driving around joyriding. No enforcement of the rules and the place just looked dirty. Perhaps it's not so bad during other times of the year. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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arcturus2

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $29.00
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Second time we have stayed here. A little cramped and when crowded it can be a challenge to get around in a big rig. Senior discount. Staff is very friendly and helpful. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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SunnybrookJim

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $31.00
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As one reviewer put it "This is a Rustic Campground With all Facilities." It is about 3 miles from the freeway on a well paved road. Gravel once you get there. They had coin operated showers, but it appeared that the heads had been removed from all but one. That is why I said no showers. Very quiet. Summer appears to not be their prime season. No activities from May to September. We would return again. Rate is normally $34, We got a 10% senior discount. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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LM&TinView

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice county campground. Each shower and bathroom set is in its own room so there's none of the institutional, locker-room feel. The showers take quarters and have no controls. The water is a set temp. We got there about 4:40 PM and couldn't find a host, ranger, or security so we found a space and hooked up, expecting someone to come around. No one ever showed up by the time we pulled out the next morning. My wife is trying to contact them to see if they can accept a credit card for our stay but, at this time, we're probably on the FBI's Most Wanted List for campground scoundrels. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Pennylee

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
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We call this a primitive park with full hookups. We were totally surprised to find such a beautiful spot with no concrete, blacktop or gravel but with utilities we needed. Great night of sleep with absolutely no noise. The ghost town was an added bonus. The park and ghost town was once owned by Knott's Berry Farm but was given to the county several years ago. Rate posted was Sr. rate. Be aware that you will probably locate a site of your choice. We were told that A & B sections were full hookup but A is only 30 amp so we had to move to B to get 50 amp. Had a great snack and breakfast in the restaurant in the ghost town. Oh important: Our GPS took us to an empty field. The park is actually 3 miles after turning onto Ghost Town Rd. Look for the CALICO sign on the cliff side and head for it. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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oldmac

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $34.00
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Nice place in the winter. Local geology is fascinating. Some nice hikes, but don't be tempted to poke around in the abandoned mines. We usually camp in the C-D-E areas which are electric only. Few of these are really level but we have leveling jacks and they cope with the slope easily. OHV trails are close and could be annoying if in heavy use. So far we've never been bothered. Restroom-showers are basic but clean. Watch the wind forecast, it can really blow here at times. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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990dunlop

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $34.00
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For the money we paid to stay here there wasn't much to do about the park. The ghost town closes early, the washrooms were filthy, we walked around the park it was somewhat vacant. The road in was very narrow and the sites were pretty short, we have a 27'fifth wheel and we could barely fit in, we wanted to stay hooked up for the night so we could pull out early in the morning. It was a tight fit. I wouldn't stay here again unless they dropped the price, we paid our rate was for water and electricity only. No Wifi, no cable. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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cherryalmond

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a convenient full hook up overnight stop for us between Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree national park and Red Rock canyon. We have 2 kids (2 and 4 year old) so we thought this would be fun way to recharge between state parks. The A & B sites are full hook up. We camped on a week day in March so it was not busy, and we had plenty of spaces to choose from. On a weekend, you definitely need to book. We went for the B spots as they appeared to be more level. Most of the RVs in A were leveled with blocks of some kind. There are limited 'views' in B site as you are between two slabs of red rock in a row but the sunset was really nice. The showers are basic - concrete floors and walls, however, they were clean. There was plenty of space and they were a really good temperature. Just note that you need to put 4 quarters in the machine for the water to start. It is a short walk to the ghost town which has a little train, silver mine, full restaurant (9am-5pm), panning for gold, horse rides (all for an extra fee) etc. Definitely touristy, but we didn't mind and the camping fee covers entrance. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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sonofabaker

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $40.00
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Nice stop for a night or two and especially fun for a family as the Calico Ghost Town is a short walk. We stayed in a motor home and would return. High desert camping so rock and cactus are the surroundings. Bathrooms are clean and private. Pay showers are part of the individual bathrooms. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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jim65

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $35.00
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In the middle of the desert – no shade. All utilities worked well. Limited TV service. Not a very attractive campground. New bathhouses. Ghost Town was fun to tour. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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R&S

Review Count: 122
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate includes admission to the ghost town, which is a plus as that is a nice little attraction. The hook-ups were good, but the sites were not level at all. There may be some type of discount, but we were told , "Not on weekends". The restrooms/showers seem newer and were individual rooms, which is nice, but they were not cleaned over the three days we were there. They looked like they had not been cleaned for several days. Showers must be paid for, but the coin changer did not work. I would have rated it higher if the price were less or if the restrooms/showers had been clean. We would stay here again (for one night). We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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lostinspace

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $35.00
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Nice desert campground at the regional park adjacent to Calico Ghost Town. We were looking for an overnight stop, and this was in the right place, but we ended up staying two nights so we had a day to explore. Recent (and continuing) upgrades to the campground include new restroom buildings and a new entry for easier access. Sites in the full hookup area are tight, but those in the power only and no service areas are more open. Calico Ghost Town was good for a short visit, but was much more commercial than we expected with several tour bus with loads of foreign visitors swarming through the town. The location is good for access to other nearby desert areas, and the campground appears to be a place for individuals and groups who want to use their ATV's or Jeeps during the day but have a campground to return to at night. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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TheJim

Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $28.00
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The rate reflects a $2 per night senior discount and is for a full-hookup site. We had good, strong 50 amp service. Because of earlier expressions of concern about the water, we arrived with a full fresh tank and did not use the water. We were there during the week, and the campground was not crowded at all. They do take reservations which might be advisable for a weekend or to get a favorite site. The campground is a fairly easy drive from the freeway. When you go through the gate you are directed to take a site and the “ranger” will come by to collect your fee. We did that and someone did come by. He did not get out of his truck; I had to go out to his window. Oh, well. I paid for two nights, but we decided to stay for three. No one came by to collect for the extra night; since we left early the next morning, there was no one to pay, so I had to mail in the check. The sites are not particularly attractive and are down in the arroyo, so no views. The park looks quite tired with some trashed picnic tables. One big CAUTION: There are nails all over the place, perhaps from folks burning wood with nails or perhaps from earlier construction. We got a flat in our tow car, luckily not in the motorhome. The park was fairly quiet except for one night with a lot of shouting and cars driving at high speed on gravel roads. There did not really seem to be much of an official presence after dark. You can visit the ghost town, but don’t get your hopes up for something very special. We would stay here again but only for a night while passing through. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

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