The facilities at Zzyzx have an
interesting history, beginning in prehistory with native peoples and
it has continued to be a pivotal point as the great state of California was
explored, traversed, and homesteaded. Zzyzx's popular notoriety
grew as a spa and wellness facility around 1944. It is currently
owned/operated by the California State University system as an
educational campus. It is approximately 10 miles from Baker, CA.
The center can accommodate 84 individuals in dormitory style rooms
holding two to twelve persons. Each room contains single, double, or
bunk beds with mattresses. There is an electric outlet and electric
lighting in the rooms. Room furnishings include beds, mattresses,
chairs, tables, and mirrors. There is no plumbing in the rooms . The floors are concrete and not carpeted.
The rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis and assigned
by DE Chair Ruth Harder. You must clean up your own room before
departure from the Zzyzx facility.
There is a central bathhouse at Zzyzx
with hot showers and flush toilets. The communal bathhouse is segregated so there
are separate areas with privacy for men only and women only.
Toilets and showers are enclosed in stalls with privacy. There is one
large trough-style sink in the bathhouse with running water. IT IS
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER that the tap water at Zzyzx is not satisfactory
for drinking - do not fill your water bottle in the bathhouse.
Power is provided continuously inside, however the outside lighting
turns off at 10 p.m. Motion sensors activate the lights in the bunkhouse
after 10 p.m.
If you wish to camp instead of using
the dorms, there is parking inside the Zzyzx compound for RVs, and areas
for tents. See the map included in the DE newsletter. However, you still
must pay the same amount as a facility fee whether you are camping or
Anyone registered or attending any
event or use of the facility in any way is required to pay the $16.00
per day, per person fee.
Other Amenities at Zzyzx: campfire
circle, basketball hoop, horseshoe pits, soaking pool (bring your
IMPORTANT - ZZYZX IS A PRIVATELY OWNED
PREMISES. DO NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN OUR SCHEDULED EVENT. YOU WILL NOT
BE ALLOWED TO USE THE FACILITY IF YOU ARRIVE ON THURSDAY FEB 28. NO
EXCEPTIONS - YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS IF YOU
ARRIVE IN THE AREA BEFORE MARCH 1.
There will be the usual potluck Friday
night. When deciding on your dish to share, keep in mind we will
not have access to the kitchen for cooking or reheating dishes. Some
persons who have RVs or campers with stoves may offer to assist anyone
who needs to reheat or cook something. You must bring your food
cooked and ready to serve to the main room/dining area. EVERYONE MUST
BRING THEIR OWN TABLE SERVICE (PLATES, SILVERWARE, GLASSES,ETC) FOR THE
Happy Hour 5:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Meals provided that you must
The Saturday night dinner will be
catered, price $19.00 per person. Vegetarian Lasagna served with a
side dish of mild Italian sausage, garlic cheese French bread, tossed
green salad followed with a Sherbet/cookie for dessert. Coffee, tea and
lemonade will be provided as well.
A breakfast buffet will be available
Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. for a price of $9.00 per meal. Hot buffet
line will have freshly prepared scrambled eggs, sausage links and either
hash browns or hot cakes. Also available on a self serve basis will be
fresh cut fruit, pastry, cold and hot cereal, juices, hot coffee and
Vegetarians will be accommodated.
No lunches will be provided by Zzyzx.
There are no cold beverages available at the Center.
The tap water at Zzyzx aka Soda
Springs is not satisfactory for drinking because of it's high salt
content, which has a laxative effect if consumed. It is ok to use for
washing, but not ok for drinking and cooking. Please bring your own
drinking/cooking water to Zzyzx.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
Sleeping bag...or blankets,sheets
Flashlights with spare batteries
Boots or sturdy walking shoes
Toilet articles, towels, washcloth
Optional items you may consider
Bathing suit & sandals
first aid kit
extra set of car keys
RULES OF CONDUCT AT ZZYZX - Please
read this more than once!
The facility is operated by the
California State University, and the standards of conduct established
for CSU campuses apply at Zzyzx.
* NO PETS*
* NO DOGS: not even in your
RV or vehicles. Not even on a leash. Not even if it is with you at all
times. No "service" dogs. DO NOT BRING your
* No loud music or boisterous
behavior after 10 p.m.
* No collection of any material,
plants, or animals
* Do not wade or throw anything into
* No firearms
* No illegal drugs
* No alcohol abuse