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Calico Early Man Site
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Yermo
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Owner description: Some of the oldest human artifacts in the Americas have been found at the Calico site.
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Would have been cool, but the site is closed. We asked about it in town, there are still signs up on the highway (don't be misled). Maybe this should be removed from TripAdvisor?

4  Thank Kristine C
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Having passed the "Calico Early Man Site" sign a number of times while traveling the I-15, my brother and I decided that on this trip we would stop in and check it out. As we were the only visitors that morning, we were able to walk and explore the dig site at our leisure. The views from the top of the site are impressive--and it's hard to imagine that there once was a huge lake covering most of the valley in prehistoric times. There is a small memorial plaque honoring Dee Simpson, the lady who convinced Louis Leakey to investigate the site for signs of early man. Inside the small museum/gift shop are maps, displays explaining the various stages of the digs, and other historical artifacts. Whether it is an actual early man site or not is a topic best left to the academics and scientists to argue over. As an interesting look at life in the desert, it's worth a stop over. If Chris Christensen is on site, take some time to hang around and chat--he is a first hand resource of the history of the area with many funny and unusual stories of life in the Barstow area. For those traveling with pets, the site is pet friendly. The only requests are that the pets are on a leash and any droppings are disposed of in the provided waste cans.

5  Thank Pentaxian
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is an active archaeological dig site. The digs are on the first weekend of every month. But you can always just pop in and walk around and see what exciting things they are pulling out of the ground. I would recommend taking a higher clearance vehicle as smaller cars may have difficulty on the dirt roads. If history is your thing then I highly recommend stopping in.

2  Thank Monkebones
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

One of the reasons we came to Barstow, did not disappoint! Now open on Saturday only 9-4, this is Feb 2016, wonderful Volunteer Chris greeted us, there is a self guided tour through the dig.
Dr Leaky of the African early man site was a director for many years and described as a most significant discovery!
There is a small visitor center, with artifacts but due to a lock change could only look through windows...A reason to come back!
Fascinating that 17,000 years ago was Lake Manix lapped the area!

2  Thank Beachglass1006
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Reviewed 27 November 2015

Really wanted to see this but it was not open. The biggest disappointment was the website quoted time it was open as did the signage along the road. The folks at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow recommended this attraction. They were not aware it was not open. We did not officially find out it was not open until we phoned as we sat at the gates leading into the site.

1  Thank OurWanderingCasa
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