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Calico Mountains
Calico Ghost Town 2012.jpg
Calico Mountains behind Calico Ghost Town.
Highest point
Peak Calico Peak
Elevation 1,368.86 m (4,491.0 ft)
Calico Mountains (California) is located in California
Calico Mountains (California)
Location in California
Country United States
Range coordinates 34°58′25″N 116°50′36″W / 34.97361°N 116.84333°W / 34.97361; -116.84333
Topo map USGS Salsberry Peak, Yermo

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


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).


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.

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