The mosquito s can be bad in the summer.
Only in May and June The migratory bats are usually all there by early to mid June. Takes them a week or so to get the bugs under control. They were a little late this year. The first wave arrived 24th of June, so the bugs were in charge until about 1 July. I usually don't go until mid July, and the bugs are almost non-existent by then.
John aka cobeachbum
I suspect it is a pretty narrow window if you are a bug at Valley View. Fortunately, we have missed them every time we have visited. Last week was our third time this year. We'll make it down again the second week of September. At least that is the plan now.
OLT has committed to continue to pay staff salaries and health insurance, but as a non-profit, they are strapped. You can help by making a donation. If you are not already a donor, this will make you eligible for membership benefits (earlier reservations being the big one). If you are already a donor, this will bump you to a higher category. All donations are tax deductible if you itemize.
John aka cobeachbum
Since this has post has been revived, I thought it would be wise to bring some things up to date about Valley View in the age of COVID:
While it was never wise to just "Show up" without reservations, it would be a huge mistake now. No reservation, you ain't getting in. Their normal quota's have been severely restricted (Just pure number, not by gender). There are no day pass or quick dip admissions, only overnight reservations. Tent area is closed, though you can pitch a tent in one of the vehicle sites. You must bring all your own stuff (Food, linens, cookware, everything) even if staying in one of the cabins, SunSet, The Spruce House, & the Oak House. Oak House kitchen is for Oak House only. Oak House upstairs bunks are closed. Each pond has a limit of number of people at any given time, as well as the sauna and pool.
Reservations are restricted to 30 days out. Do not call any sooner, you will just be told to call back at the 30 day mark. If they don't answer the phone, leave a message. They will call you back.
For more details see this notice on their web page
Phone update: Thanks everyone for your patience! We continue to have difficulty with the phone lines. For several days now we have been struggling with calls dropping and difficulty calling out. After much evaluation, we have had to order a new phone base station which will come in next Tuesday. That's the good news! Until then, we have just one line coming in and going out. Answering the phone has some new challenges for us. When you call, if we don't answer and you want to make a reservation, leave just your name and phone number, we'll call you back in the order the message is received. Please listen carefully to the message, your questions may be answered there or check the web site! Thanks for helping us through these few days of technical difficulties, we appreciate your patience! Rosie
From the Facebook page:
Valley View Hot Springs is closed for the holidays! The offices at OLT will reopen on Tuesday, December 29th at 9:00 am. Please do not call the office to make reservations while we are closed, they will not be returned. To make reservations for January, give a call on the 29th! Current covid guidelines will apply and can be reviewed on our website https://www.olt.org/.../Additional_COVID19_Guidelines_Map...
Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation can donate on the website: https://www.olt.org/olt/get-involved/membership
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! We look forward to hearing from you in the new year!
John aka cobeachbum
Just returned from my 3rd trip down there this year. The first day felt a little like this site; there seemed to be a large contingent of older men nudists, me included. However, by the second day, it was more what I am accustomed to there--a good mix of young and old, and men and women. It has been quite rainy down there, and at least one night, I wished for an extra blanket. On the opposite end, the upper Top Pond clocked in at 109 degrees. That is unusually hot for the Top Ponds. Probably has something to do with the low snowpack they had down there this winter. Also, they deepened the Waterfall Pond. It is a much nicer depth, but it will take a while for the silt to clear out. Finally, I have a couple of photos of me in the most recent newsletter associated with Naked Gardening Day at the Everson Ranch.