Road to Bodie Now Open

Rare opportunity to see Wild West Ghost Town in the wintertime!

Caltrans has reopened State Route 270 from its winter closure allowing for the rare opportunity to visit Bodie State Historic Park, California’s official ghost town, in winter. Once a bustling town with more than 10,000 residents, today memories of California’s gold mining days come alive on Bodie’s long-abandoned streets. Thanks to ongoing preservation efforts, about 200 of the town’s relic buildings are still standing, offering visitors a taste of authentic Wild West history. Peek into the church, schoolhouse, barbershop and saloon, where bottles, desks and other relics remain.

Before you go: Although Bodie is open year-round, SR 270 typically closes in winter due to snow. A mild January has made reopening the road possible, but please note the road may close again with significant snow. Before visiting, please check weather and road conditions, and be prepared with these important winter travel tips from Caltrans.

Also, swing by the Bodie Mercantile store in Bridgeport for park information and brochures, as well as souvenirs and unique gifts like “Bodie Ghost Kitchen” preserves. Proceeds fund Bodie stabilization projects.

Getting to Bodie: Bodie is accessible via SR 270 off US 395, about seven miles south of Bridgeport. The road is a 13-mile drive on SR 270, and visitors should note that the last three miles are unpaved. Bodie is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 16 and under, cash or check only. Besides restrooms, there are no services in Bodie (including cell phone, internet, food or gas) but gas, grocery, and dining options are available in all nearby communities (Bridgeport, Lee Vining, Walker, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes). 

Where to stay: Travelers can stay in the nearby towns of Bridgeport, Lee Vining, or Walker at one of a handful of properties open* with great winter rates. For help with lodging and dining options, please call Mono County Tourism at 800-845-7922.

*Please contact the lodging property directly as operating dates may change. 

Bodie photo by Christine Spiller, Bodie Foundation