Tassajara Day Visits

“Here is the place, here the way unfolds.” —Dogen Zenji

The only vehicle access to Tassajara is via a 14-mile dirt road—a winding, mountain road that takes an hour to drive and cannot be safely navigated by all cars, especially some with automatic transmissions.

Day Visits resumed on Thursday, April 25, 2019, for the summer guest season

(Please call 831-659-2229 to check availability.)

While we are closed to the public most of the year, it is possible to come to Tassajara just for the day during our Summer Guest Season.

Between the hours of 9am and 9pm, Day Guests are welcome to enjoy Tassajara and its accompanying amenities. It is a long drive to Tassajara so we suggest you arrive by noon so you have enough time to enjoy your day. Amenities include the hot springs and Japanese-style bathhouse, the creek-fed, natural swimming pool, meditation in the zendo, access to wonderful trails, scenic creek-side adventures, and the open embrace of the Ventana wilderness. The bathhouse is clothing-optional with gender-separated facilities including communal showers, a private tub room, steam rooms, sauna, indoor and outdoor plunges, deck space for sunning, and creek access. Our delicious, gourmet vegetarian lunch is also offered in our beautiful dining room overlooking the creek. Please note that the baths are closed to guests from 4:30-5:45 pm each day so that the residents may bathe in silence. 

The Day Use rate is $34 for adults and $14 for children, and does not include meals. The only available meal for purchase is lunch in the dining room and is available by reservation only.

Lunch is served at 1:00pm, and is $17 for adults and $13 for children. Please pack food and snacks for yourself as there is no other food available for purchase. Be mindful of our wildlife by using secure containers that are easy for you to carry but difficult for critters to carry off or penetrate.

If you plan to use the baths, please bring your own towels. Finally, please “leave no trace” and refrain from leaving any debris on the trails.

Pets are not allowed in the Ventana Wilderness, and this includes all of Tassajara, nearby trails, and the adjacent parking lot. Service animals are welcome, but we reserve the right to request that you remove them if there is any danger to them, guests, or wildlife.

Due to the remote location and popular destination, reservations are required for day guests. Please call no more than two weeks in advance to make your day visit reservation.

Please call Jamesburg at 831-659-2229 to make a reservation.

Getting Here

Getting Here

Tassajara is located approximately two hours by car southeast of Carmel, California, in the Ventana Wilderness Area. The only vehicle access to Tassajara is via a 14-mile dirt road.

Rideshare Board

For information about carpooling to Tassajara.