Explore the most popular trails in Bodie State Historic Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown. Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.

off road driving
2 months ago

Not sure why this is rated Hard but it should be an easy. Stock Subaru’s take this everyday and I never once engaged 4wd. Lots to see and many off shoot trails to take. Keep in the mind the little trail that goes out to the NV border continues into NV and you can wrap back around to Bridgeport Reservoir or head to Hawthorne. Fun little trail with a few places to camp that are hidden.

bodie is so much fun! you do walk a lot but it's cool to see this old town.

4 months ago

Drove to Bodie State Park June 10th and had no snow issues. Paved road except for the last 2 miles that's dirt and rocks. We drove in a truck and did fine. Some sedans made the trip as seemed to do fine but you'll definitely have to go slow. Worth the trip to see the old historic town. Bring water and sunscreen!!!!

off road driving
8 months ago

Made it about 3-miles in (some ways past the second cattle gate) from Sweetwater Road before the amount of snow was like NOPE.

off road driving
9 months ago

December 2018 - Lots of snow. We just drove half of the trail.

off road driving
11 months ago

Not sure why this is moderate. This trail is an extremely easy trail to drive on with any 4x4. I used my Toyota Tacoma off-road and had no issues. With that being said it was one of my favorite trips, amazing views, lots of wildlife, and flora.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Loved Bodie! Awesome ghost town with lots to see!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I have been on this trail numerous times and it never gets old. So much to see!!

off road driving
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Amazing off road drive at 9200' elevation. Just drive out of Bodie through the back exit. The dirt road starts to climb immediately but it’s no problem for any average four wheel drive vehicle. No one around but you and your friends and family. We did not see a single soul for 2 hours. Beautiful untouched scenery. It's an easy 4x4 drive. Only a couple small creeks that were not very deep to cross. No snow on the trail but there was some up a little higher in elevation. Totally worth the drive!!!

Super fun trail definitely recommend not crazy at all we're a few detours I had to take due to heavy snow still on trail but there are detours.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

So unique and awesome! No service and a long drive on a dirt road getting in, but really cool. Restrooms, water and small gift shop at site. Gotta check it out!!!

scenic driving
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Easy trail.. Cool ending at the ghost town. This was fun for a fall run because there were tons of puddles.. Camped at twin lakes!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Great scenic route, awesome old structures....we decided to use the short way up Masonic Mountain, do not attempt this in a 2wd...Thanks for the heads up

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