Troop 8218 goes to Calico Ghost Town

Post date: May 25, 2011 10:42:41 PM

Two and one half hours of freeway driving north east of San Diego lays Calico Ghost Town. As you enter the town you step back 130 years to a silver mining town of 1881. Cadette Troop 8218 enjoyed a trip back in time the second week of April 2011. Calico offers 31 shops and attractions including a railway, mine tour, mystery shack, photo parlor, and many eateries and gift shops. They arrived Friday evening, having booked the ‘Bunkhouse’. It rents for $60.00 per night and sleeps up to 20 persons. (this fee includes the $6 per person entrance to the park). It is a large cabin with 10 sets of bunk beds. It has 2 restrooms located just outside the main house (both with flush toilets and sinks – showers are available in the campground). At first they were surprised that the bunk house was located outside the park itself. However, it is surrounded by fencing and a locked gate for which you are given the key. There are picnic tables, a firepit, and a BBQ available for your use. They spent all day in the ghost town and the girls had a blast. Currently owned and operated by the County of San Bernadino, it was originally restored and developed by Walter Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm fame. There are so many things to see most of which are free, and the attractions for which they charge are reasonably priced (from $1 to $3). There are two restaurants which have a wide variety of choices all at fair price. The girls had a great time. It really turned out to be a wonderful weekend at a very reasonable price for an overnight camp and all day attraction.