Pre-existing Medical Conditions
Those with pre-existing medical conditions should 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, as well as extra supplies. Tassajara is equipped with emergency medical equipment and excellent emergency protocol. Those with special medical equipment needs should speak with the Tassajara Reservation Specialist when making their reservation; Tassajara may not be able to accommodate them.
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. All visitors should inform Tassajara Reservations of any dietary restrictions, particularly severe allergic reactions, to determine if they can be accommodated.
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.
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. Those who come during these months should 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. Guests are asked not to go hiking alone unless they have hiked in the area before, and also asked to let someone know what trail they will be hiking and what time they 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.
For those who do hike, Tassajara asks that they bring eco-friendly containers that animals cannot get into easily. Do not keep food, not even coolers, in cabins. There is a guest refrigerator for all food storage. Learn more about food storage and Tassajara meals.
Tassajara is home to birds, squirrels, mice, raccoons and skunks. Do not feed any animals, no matter how friendly they may appear. Animals may pester those who eat outside.
For a more thorough explanation of the Los Padres National Forest, please visit this link for the USDA Forest Service.
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 cabins or rooms. Tassajara is exceptionally well-prepared for fire with fire crews and equipment.