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When the 10,000 people that called Bodie home abandoned the town after the mines closed, they left just about everything as it was. Across this now ghost town, homes and businesses, community services and schools are as they were almost a century ago. Books still remain stacked on desktops covered in dust; cupboards still play host to a variety of canned goods from an era long gone. It’s a place that once you’ve visited, it draws you back again and again to tell another story.
Know Before You Go
Take U.S. Highway 395 to State Highway 270 and drive about ten miles east until the paved road ends. From there continue for another three miles along the unpaved dirt road. Bodie is located in the basin range of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 13 miles east of Highway.
The park is open during the summer from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., April 15 to November 3. Winter hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 4 to April 15.