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Wilbur Hot Springs is 100% off the grid, powered entirely by solar panels and propane.
improvements are performed using eco-conscious building materials and practices. The solar panel array was installed in the early 1990s. Up to that time, the resort had been lit with kerosene lamps. The transition to solar-powered lighting was completed in 1991.
The stoves in the kitchen, and the fireplaces, which heat the hotel in
winter, are powered by propane.
The refrigerators are all electric and are specifically designed to run
on solar power. They are more efficient and colder than the propane predecessors,
and produce less waste. The refrigerators use approximately one-third the
power of consumer refrigerators, which make them optimal for running on
Wilbur has been in the process of exploring hydroelectric power as an additional energy option. Plans to install such a system are still in the elementary stages.
Wilbur uses compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-flow toilets. And
the cleaning products we use are all eco-friendly.
Wilbur’s hot spring flumes are non-impact. In other words, the water
is simply diverted from the geothermal source, held temporarily in the
flumes and then returned to the creek. No chemicals are added to the flumes, and as a result no chemicals are being added to the water table.
The entrance to Wilbur Hot Spring's Nature Preserve
World-renowned Natural Hot Mineral
Wilbur Hot Springs offers massage treatments, yoga
weekends, and world- renowned natural hot mineral springs.
The 20-room historic hotel, built in 1915, is surrounded by an 1800-acre private nature preserve in an area considered a top destination
for viewing California wildflowers, as well as numerous species of birds and dragonflies.
The original hotel and springs, purchased by Dr.
Richard Miller in
the 1970s, was approximately 240 acres. In 1999, Dr. Miller purchased the surrounding
1560 acres and designated the area as a nature preserve.
In 2006, Wilbur began working with range ecologist Craig Thomsen from
UC Davis to restore native plants to the area, and combat invasive species.