Bodie State Historic Park is truly a gem! If you are in Eastern California, you MUST go! Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining town and at one time, had a population of nearly 10,000 people. This boom town was quickly abandoned when the gold ran out leaving stores with goods still on shelves, homes with furniture and the school house still with writing on the chalkboard. The remains of this town have been preserved in their state of "arrested decay." It was seriously one of my most favorite places I have ever visited in my life.
There is no camping opportunities in the park. The road into Bodie is only paved part of the way, the rest is dirt and depending of the season, can be rutted. It is well worth the drive and once there, parking is ample. Don't forget to take the short walk to the town cemetery. It completes the picture of how hard life must have been in this remote town.