Photo: Exiting from Valley at Calico.
|Off-Road Use:||Trail only|
|County:||San Bernardino County, California|
|Nearest Cities:||Calico, CA|
|Special Map:||Google Map w/ photo|
|Google Earth:||Doran Odessa and more trails.kmz|
Today, Calico is one of the few remaining original mining towns of the western United States, thanks to the help of Mr. Walter Knott, founder of Knott's Berry Farm. Knott bought the town in 1951 and started restoring it from old photographs. Five of Calico's businesses are in original buildings like "Lil's" Saloon, and Lane's General Store. Others like the school house are exact replicas on existing foundations. In November 1966, Knott donated Calico to San Bernardino County.
If you like to camp, the narrow canyons below town offer full hookups, and are open 24 hours a day. Off highway vehicle camping with rest rooms and showers are also available. Admission to the townsite is included with camping and offers additional value to overnight stays. Six camping cabins and a large bunkhouse for groups with heating and air conditioning are also available for extended visits. Each Saturday night during the spring, summer, and fall, the towns historian can be found delivering a campground slide program.
Calico is open daily all year long except Christmas Day. Townsite hours are 8 a.m. to dusk with the shops and attractions open between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A nominal entrance fee is charged which includes the historic tour, music and gunfight entertainment. A brochure, town map, and event's schedule can be obtained by calling Calico toll free at 1-800-TO-CALICO.
When visiting the area please be mindful that this area is dotted with mine-shafts. There are both vertical and horizontal shafts. Most are marked but some are not and you could easily fall in. It is not advisable to enter any of the shafts they are dangerous and you may end up hurt.