Calico Mountains (California)

The Calico Mountains of California are a mountain range located in the Mojave Desert. The range spans San Bernardino and Inyo counties in California.

Calico Mountains
Calico Ghost Town 2012.jpg
Calico Mountains behind Calico Ghost Town.
Highest point
PeakCalico Peak
Elevation1,368.86 m (4,491.0 ft)
Calico Mountains (California) is located in California
Calico Mountains (California)
Location of Calico Mountains in California[1]
CountryUnited States
RegionMojave Desert
DistrictSan Bernardino County
& Inyo County
FeaturesCalico Early Man Site, Rainbow Basin and Calico Ghost Town
Range coordinates34°58′25″N 116°50′36″W / 34.97361°N 116.84333°W / 34.97361; -116.84333Coordinates: 34°58′25″N 116°50′36″W / 34.97361°N 116.84333°W / 34.97361; -116.84333
Topo mapUSGS Salsberry Peak, Yermo


The Calico Mountains are geologically colorful range that lie in a northwest-southeast direction, and are located just north of Barstow and Yermo, and of Interstate 15.

Historic Pickhandle Pass and Jackhammer Gap lie at the northern end of the mountains on Fort Irwin Road, with the Fort Irwin Military Reservation nearby. The Calico Mountains have been active in California mining history.


Calico Peak, the highest point, is 4,491-foot (1,369 m) in elevation, in the San Bernardino County portion of the range (N 34.995259 and W -116.838369).[2]


The Rainbow Basin geologic feature, in the Bureau of Land Management managed Rainbow Basin Natural Area, is just north of Barstow.

Calico Ghost Town is located in the Yermo Hills (Calico Hills) at the western edge of the Calico Mountains, north of Yermo.

The Calico Early Man Site is a Paleo-Indians lithic workshop for Stone tools and a simple quarry archaeological site in the mountains also.

See alsoEdit

Calico Mountains namesakes
Local history


  1. ^ "Calico Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ "Calico Peak in San Bernardino County CA (Yermo Area)". MountainZone. Retrieved 2018-04-30.

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