Gilroy Hot Springs Conservancy is under the fiduciary sponsorship of the Gilroy Foundation while completing our tax exempt application process. Donations are tax deductible.
Help us re-open the Historic Gilroy Hot Springs Retreat!
Our new non-profit Gilroy Hot Springs Conservancy has just been established. Our goal from this fundraiser is to reopen Gilroy Hot Spring in summer 2021 one weekend per month for soaking, camping, restored cabin rentals and day use of our 280 acre property.
California State Parks granted Gilroy Hot Spring Conservancy permission to open the site once the Conservancy completes several strategic improvements. So far, a group of dedicated volunteers maintained Gilroy Hot Springs over the last 20 years while it has been closed to the public. The mineral spring well is active and continues to produce mineral water with temperatures ranging from 95-106F. California State Parks completed restoration of the Texas Cabin, which has 4 rooms and breathtaking views from the deck. The 2 room Minnesota Cabin is also well on the way to a completed renovation.
Through our strategic planning process, the Conservancy has identified a budget of $95,000 to complete the first phase of our re-opening process.
In order to obtain the final approval from California State Parks to reopen, we commit to using our fundraising budget for the following tasks:
-Installation of new fire tank and hydrants, per code requirements
-Installation of new soaking decks and tubs
-Facility improvements for 20 campsites
Can you help make this dream a reality?
Please contribute whatever you are able. Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated! All donors to this fundraiser will be given first priority to make reservations for soaking, camping and cabin rentals once we have a firm reopening date. Our current goal is summer 2021.
In addition to grant of first access, we are also offering the following services to our premium donors:
-$200 will receive 2 individual day access passes for soaking
-$400 will receive a weekend camping spot plus daily soaking up to 4 people
-$800 will receive a cabin rental or premium camping spot plus daily soaking up to 4 people
Please note premium donations carry reduced tax write-off value due to services exchanged. Soaking times may be limited by water flow, Covid 19 regulations and number of tubs built out at the time of your visit. We will do our best to accommodate you and ensure you get a good soak!
A Brief History
Gilroy Hot Springs was discovered in the early 1860s by a Mexican shepherd and eventually ended up in the hands of George W. Roop. Roop turned the hot springs into a destination mineral water resort that was a featured stop along the Southern Pacific Railroad. In its heyday up to 500 visitors per day enjoyed 5-Star dining, luxury hotel accommodations, outdoor and indoor activities including hunting, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, shuffleboard, croquet, music, dancing, parlor games, and more.
This first chapter of the hot springs ended with the closure of the resort during the great depression in the 1930's. Kyuzaburo Sakata purchased the property in 1938. Through a twist of fate and also good planning, Sakata survived both the WWII Japanese American internment camps and maintained ownership of the hot springs. After WWII, the site became home to 150 Japanese Americans released from the internment camps with the support of the Government’s War Relocation Authority. Sakata re-opened the hot springs to the public as Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs in 1946 and operated it through 1966.
The hot springs were bought and sold by private owners for private use several times over the next decades. During this time unfortunately the hotel and clubhouse burned down and many of the other original structures were lost However in 1995, Gilroy Hot Springs was recognized as a national historic landmark with 22 contributing resources in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, California State Parks purchased the hot springs. Due to budget restrictions, the hot springs have remained closed to the public since.
The long term goal of the Conservancy is to restore all 22 contributing resources as well as rebuild the historic hotel and clubhouse. Our vision is for Gilroy Hot Springs to again become a community center and destination point for healing all that harms us, our health and our families in modern times. We hope you will join us in making this dream a reality and become part of the hot spring story yourself. With your contribution, we will be able to reopen the site and you will have the chance to be among the first to camp and soak again in the healing waters.
Learn more about the project, the history and sign up for our email newsletter at http://gilroyyamatohotsprings.org/
Interested in a tour? Contact email@example.com to make a reservation. In-person tours are currently unavailable due to Covid 19 restrictions, but we hope to resume soon!