Beyond the springs and massages, there is plenty to do at Wilbur Hot Springs. There are quiet areas on the property where no discussion is permitted, allowing guests to think, plan, destress and dream.
The Memorial Wind Chime Park is a place to remember and honor loved ones who have died. Guests may enjoy making their own wind chime in memory of a family member or friend; wind chimes may also be purchased in the small gift shop at the hotel or brought from home.
The Wishing Tree is a place to write down your dreams, your hopes and your prayers on colorful pieces of paper, and to tie them to the branches.
The Fountain of Life geyser is truly unique. Erupting every forty-five minutes, the geyser is one of only 1,100 in the world, and one of the only geysers in the United States outside of Yellowstone National Park.
There are abundant hiking and biking trails on the Wilbur Hot Springs’ expansive property. Paths wind through trees, and the woodlands are rich with pine trees, regal oak, buckeye, manzanita and redbud trees. The valleys and hillsides are alive with wildflowers, among them California poppies, paintbrush, larkspur, lupine, yarrow, clover, clarkia, Western wallflowers and several types of lily.
Bird watchers will love Wilbur Hot Springs and should bring their binoculars. Raptors are prominent visitors to and inhabitants of the park, and include the majestic bald eagle, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, American kestrels and several species of owl. There is a riot of color among the nesting birds: The bright yellow goldfinch, the rich orange Bullock’s oriole, the vivid Western bluebird, the blue-grey of the belted kingfishers, the flame-colored wings of red-winged blackbirds and the soft silvery grey-blue of the elegant great blue heron. Wild turkeys wander the property, safe from hunters.
There is also abundant wildlife to be spotted by keen-eyed hikers. There are many herds of deer, badgers, long-eared hares, wild pigs, ground and tree squirrels and coyotes whose howls at night echo in the darkness. The very lucky and very patient visitor may spot a bobcat or a gray fox.
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