Calico Ghost Town is an old mining town in San Bernadino County, California, about ten miles northeast of Barstow. The Calico Mountains that surround the town had once very prosperous silver and borax mines in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Named because of the colors of the mountains in the area, Calico is now rebuilt with the mine-era building and is a bit of a tourist destination. It is a fun family destination with mine tours, ghost tours of the area, and you can get an old-fashioned sarsaparilla.
Calico has become a excellent destination for off-road enthusiasts due the numerous trails in the area. There is a large campsite in Calico which caters to OHV use. Many annual Jeep meetups are in Calico. There is an excellent variety of Jeep trails in the surrounding mountains that range from easy dirt roads to category 4 extreme obstacles. The mountains are criss-crossed with so many trails that it is advisable to download off-road maps to have with you on the trail. You should also use a GPS device to record your track in the event you get lost and need to retrace your steps. It is easy to get lost in the area.
Calico is about 2 hours south of Las Vegas on I-15. We included in the Las Vegas Trails web site because it is relatively close to Las Vegas and there are frequent club trips and runs in the Calico area. The excellent camp sites also makes the area a great destination for Jeeps.
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