Safety

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, be aware that Tassajara is in a remote location in the wilderness. The nearest hospital is four hours away. Please come prepared with any supplies you need for your condition, as well as extra supplies. Tassajara is equipped with emergency medical equipment and excellent emergency protocol. If you have special medical equipment needs, please speak with the Tassajara Reservation Specialist when making your reservation because we may not be able to accommodate them.

Dietary Restrictions

Tassajara may not be suitable for guests with severe allergic reactions due to its remote location.

For guests who have food intolerances, allergies, or other sensitivities, please know that Tassajara is not able to tailor the daily/weekly menu to specific guest’s needs. Please inform Tassajara Reservations of any dietary restrictions that you have, particularly if you have severe allergic reactions, to determine if Tassajara can accommodate you.

The daily menu board is labeled to indicate possible allergens, and a supplement to the dinner meal is offered. Please speak with the Tassajara Reservations Office staff for more information about meals.

Road Risks & Rockslides

Weather changes our road conditions drastically, and can result in hazardous conditions. This is particularly true after heavy rains, freezing temperatures or snow. There are regularly occurring loose rocks, fallen trees, and wildlife.

Traffic on the road is two-way, with the majority of the traffic travelling between 11am and 4pm, and not all parts of the road accommodate two cars at the same time. Cars travelling uphill have the right-of-way, so please keep that in mind when negotiating in tight spaces. Here is a link to what it’s like to navigate the road itself.

Getting Here...

Temperature and Climate

Tassajara is located in the Los Padres National Forest which is in a semi-desert ecosystem including chaparral and forested land. In the early part of the season (April), Tassajara weather is highly variable. It could be cold and rainy, or warm and sunny. Be prepared for nighttime lows in the upper 30s.

At the height of the summer season, Tassajara is very dry and hot. The warmest months are generally July and August, with usual highs in the 90s to 100s. Usual lows are in the 50s with occasional 40s. If you come during these months please be prepared for the heat. Rainfall is unlikely after May.

Hydration & Hiking Safety

Please do not drink the creek water -- like many wilderness areas, Giardia intestinalis has been found in the creek in recent years. Tassajara's drinking water is from a spring and is thoroughly tested and safe.

Hiking concerns: loose boulders, mosquitoes/mucous flies, (near creek) slippery rocks, standing water, hidden snakes

The Los Padres National Forest, where Tassajara is located, includes some of the most rugged terrain in the country. We ask that you not go hiking alone if you have not hiked in the area before, and also that you let someone know what trail you will be hiking and what time you expect to return to Tassajara. Stone Office is a great resource for more information about local interests, vistas, and other questions. Animals and Plants

There are also a number of potential dangers of which to be aware. There is poison oak on the trails as well as ticks, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and the very rarely seen mountain lion. There are several waves of insects throughout the summer season, depending on the time of year and other natural rhythms, that may cause discomfort. Please bring protection if needed, and an open-mind for our nature neighbors.

If you plan on hiking, bring eco-friendly containers that animals cannot get into easily. Do not keep food, not even coolers, in your cabin. Please use the Guest Fridge for all food storage during your stay. For more information about food storage click here.

Tassajara is home to birds, squirrels, mice, raccoons and skunks. Do not feed any animals, no matter how friendly they may appear. Be aware that animals may pester you for food if you eat outside.

For a more thorough explanation of the Los Padres National Forest, please visit this link for the USDA Forest Service.

Fire

During the summer months, there is always an extreme fire danger in the wilderness, and especially in and around Tassajara. No open flames are permitted in the forest except in authorized campsites. Smoking is not permitted in any buildings, on porches or decks, or on the trails. Please check with the Stone Office regarding directions to our designated smoking area. Do not burn candles or incense in your room. Tassajara is exceptionally prepared for fire with fire crews and equipment.

Click here for more information about Fire History (we also need copy for 2016 fire)

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