About 200,000 people explore Bodie each year, but the buildings have no residents.
I’m driving into the past — down winding dirt roads, at an elevation of 8,375 feet, into the ghost town of Bodie, California. Six hours north of Los Angeles, Bodie is a ghost town settled in the hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Once known as the “most lawless, wildest, and toughest mining camp the far West has ever known,” it’s also home to one of the richest gold strikes in California. Nowadays, Bodie sees about 200,000 visitors annually, yet has no permanent residents.