Join us on a fantastic adventure as we visit a genuine gold-mining ghost town…Bodie State Historic Park!
We'll travel to Bodie via Highways 50/89/395/270 and along the way enjoy some (hopefully) spectacular fall color in Hope Valley, Monitor Pass and the Eastern Sierra. We'll have lunch at Bodie and then everyone is on their own to tour the park, including the Museum and Visitor Center, at their own pace. You can stay at the park as long as you'd like (it closes at 6pm); optional activities on the way home include visiting Travertine Hot Springs near Bridgeport and taking fall color photos.
Bring: clothing for temperatures that can range from the 50s-70s, lunch/snacks, water/drinks, sunglasses, sunblock, comfortable walking shoes, clean shoes to wear on the way home and a bag to put your dirty shoes in, camera, swimsuit/towel (optional; for Travertine Hot Springs) and money for $7 per person park entrance fee and optional carpooling (suggested driver reimbursement is $4/per hour of driving per person; it's about a four hour drive to the park). Attendees are solely responsible for making carpool arrangements at the Folsom meeting place or before the outing date. The last three miles of the road to the park is gravel, but it's suitable for standard passenger vehicles. No dogs. Rain, snow or adverse road conditions cancels. There's no estimated return time to Folsom.
Meet at the Iron Point Rd. Light Rail Park & Ride in Folsom (from east or westbound Hwy. 50 take the Folsom Blvd. exit in Folsom, turn left, go ½ mile, turn right onto Iron Point Rd. and take the first right into the long/narrow parking lot located right on the corner of Folsom Blvd. and Iron Point Rd., across the street from the light rail station and beneath Chili's restaurant). Optional stop at the Folsom Starbuck's (Iron Point Rd. and Prairie City Rd.) for coffee and munchies before we hop onto Hwy. 50 and head to Bodie.
Optional: consider booking a hotel room in the Bridgeport or Lake Tahoe area for Saturday night to break up the ride home. Attendees are solely responsible for finding, reserving and paying for accommodations, paying any reservation cancellation fees and coordinating reservations and room sharing with other attendees.
Bodie State Historic Park
Bodie weather forecast
Bodie Yelp reviews (61 reviews; 5 star average)
Sacramento Bee article about Bodie
California Fall Color Report
Travertine Hot Springs
California State Parks Foundation (support our parks!)
Bodie (approaching park entrance station)
Travertine Hot Springs
Monitor Pass (Highway 89)