Nestled in the middle of the Mojave Desert and surrounded by barren mountains, the ghost town of Calico was founded in 1881 following the discovery of a silver deposit in the surrounding mountains. Anytime is good for visiting since Calico is open every day from 9am to 5pm, except on Christmas. Keep in mind though that the village is in the middle of the Mojave Desert so temperatures in the summer months easily exceed 40 degrees, even in the shade. There are also several events commemorating the age of the silver rush that really make you feel like a real cowboy, so if your visit coincides with one of these days, you may need some more time to explore. Usually though, you can visit the village in about an hour and a half. Children under 5 are free and in the event of a festival, the price is $10-20 per adult (depending on the event) and between 5-10 dollars for children over 5. DIRECTIONS: Halfway down the road leading from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, there's a diversion to Barstow, a city that while not known for its tourist attractions, has taken advantage of its proximity to the ghost town and installed a famous outlet clothing and more than 20 hotels. The city of Barstow is located just 5 miles from Calico, about two hours from Los Angeles, and adjacent to Interstate 15 (I-15). There are very visible posted signs to Calico so you won't have any problems getting there. Apart from these, there are also Hollywood-style letters on the side of the mountain announcing its location. There is a bar and restaurant inside the village, but we recommend that you head to Peggy Sue's restaurant. Only 3 kilometers from Calico, it's a diner set in the 50's and offers a great atmosphere, good food and good prices. RECOMMENDATIONS: - If you like movies about cowboys and Indians, you can not miss Calico. It is an authentic western town! Do not forget to bring water and something to cover your head because the sun is hot and strong!