View Full Version : Camping near Bodie,Ca

Panamint Charlie
05-02-2004, 08:27 PM
Hello all,

I'm planning on visiting Bodie some time this month and was wondering if anyone had a recomendation of a good camp site. I have not explored this far North so the area is new to me.

I was looking into Virginia Creek Settlement in Bridgeport.Anybody stay there before? I'm also open to any good areas in the outback fee or free.

I'll be with my Boys 2 and 5 years old. Driving a 98 4Runner 4x4

Thanks in advance

Happy Trails,

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05-03-2004, 06:21 PM
PC, just sent you the coordinates to my favorite camps north of Bodie along with mention of another nearby one.


05-04-2004, 09:10 AM
If you like to primitive camp, you can camp just about anywhere, but not in Bodie itself. The ghost town of Masonic is a great place to primitive camp - there's a shady meadow with a campfire ring there. You can camp in Masonic then take the dirt roads over to Bodie the next day. Here's a link to a story my dog Jake wrote about his experiences camping in Masonic. http://explorehistoricalif.tripod.com/xplorhistcal/id22.html

Coach Bodie
05-04-2004, 08:21 PM
Texas Jess and I camped at Lundy Lake on our 1st trip to Bodie!!!

www.clix.to/coachbodie (http://www.clix.to/coachbodie)

Panamint Charlie
05-04-2004, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the info!

Hey Dan, I never got the cords. Did you PM them or e-mail them?

I knew I'd be hearing from you Mrs Vargo, Masonic sounds like a good spot to stay. I'll look into that area.

Happy Trails

David A. Wright
05-14-2004, 09:45 AM
There's a couple motels on Virginia Creek. The only one I'm familiar with is Willow Springs, east side of the highway. A friend of mine, a Friends of Bodie member, always stays here. Typical motel type rooms.

You could always stay at the Dogtown Inn ... Ask Cecile about that one!

05-22-2004, 05:06 AM
I stayed at Virgina Creeek in 2002.

The campground is out in the open with very few trees. However, there is a nice creek.

The restraunt has good food however it is a bit pricey for the portions.

06-23-2004, 02:41 PM
My Dad told me about a campground he recently discovered near Bodie.

It's called Green Creek. Its on a dirt road approx 2 miles past the exit to Bodie on 395. South of bridgeport.

My Dad told me its an excellent place for fishing, and theres some places to go off roading. I myself haven't checked it out yet, so this is all from what I remember my Dad telling me.

If you ever go to Bodie again you my check it out, or anyone who stumbles upon this post looking fro a good site near Bodie may take a look at it.

06-29-2004, 10:29 AM
Hello everyone,
I am new to this web site but am so glad to have found it!!! :D
I am also planning a trip to Bodie on my way to Lake Tahoe this week. I just recently took a trip to Texas from California and noticed some of these ghost towns on the way and I was hooked!. Many little places in New Mexico. I was wondering if there was map of some sort that pointed out these awesome tresures.
If anyone might know of any other places of interest for me to stop at on my way to Tahoe other then Bodie, I would appreciate the info. I have also been to Donner Lake in North Tahoe and that was so beautiful but a bit sad and erri. All those people who parished there. The history there.

p.s would love to hear if anyone saw anything in these places..... such as ghosts

Thanks, Laura

08-06-2004, 07:26 PM
hey everyone

i got to camp in bodie itself a couple years ago. i got stuck in a hole in my truck just outside of town. and had to wait for help to come. i stayed outside of the rangers cabin in town.
let me tell you i didn't sleep to good that night, it was to scary!!!!!!!

Panamint Charlie
09-26-2004, 11:54 AM
I wanted to thank everyone from this site that e-mailed me info on Bodie since my first post.

Things kept coming up at home and the trip kept getting pushed back.

I had planned a Beveridge hike on Thursday but as of yet I have not heard from the trip leader.

After waiting 6 hours in Olancha,CA trying to get in touch with him, guess where I decided to go?

Bodie rocks! To bad the kids where not with me to enjoy it.

I'm again planning a trip back with the family and maybe a winter 4x4 trip there also.

Anyone been there in the snow?

I had been backcountry camping in the truck but Thursday night I decided to stay at Virginia Creek settlement. I really like the place. It's a bit small but it has a lot to offer.

I did'nt try their restaurant though. I settled for an MRE in the back of the truck while reading and listining to the stream.

Thanks again for the replies.

Happy Trails- Charles

09-26-2004, 12:14 PM
I was actually in Bodie on Sunday September 12th, and drove by there again on Sunday September 19th. Boy, we just keep missing each other. Went through Olancha on the 21st, too.

We were based out of Mammoth all that week, by the way, and on Saturday, Sunday & Monday the weekend of the 18th, 19th, 20th, we had snow flurries, as did Bodie ( according to the rangerette at the entrance when we drove by coming back from Aurora) In Mammoth we actually had about a half an inch of snow on the ground for awhile. Bodie has very harsh winters and gets very deep with snow. Access is often by snowmobile only.

That area has been shaking with little onesy and twoesy earthquakes in the past week or so, by the way. And there has been an occassional 3 pointer large enough to feel. We didn't feel any of them when we were in the area, but over at www.bodie.com one of the rangers at Bodie says that
they have felt a few of the larger quakes, but no damage to anything there.

Never eaten at Virginia Creek. We like the old Bridgeport Inn, or in Lee Vining - Ansel Adams granddaughter, Sarah Adams, runs the Mono Inn and
has an outstanding menu, as well as a gallery of her grandfathers photos & a gift shop. Both places are a bit more pricey than those MRE's, though.

01-28-2009, 01:27 AM
This is Steven.I am new member to this site. I see this site really very interesting. If you like to primitive camp, you can camp just about anywhere, but not in bodies itself. The ghost town of Masonic is a great place to primitive camp - there's a shady meadow with a campfire ring there. I think it is really very interesting topic.

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