It is with great sadness that we announce that the Redwood National Park Hostel must close its doors indefinitely on January 18, 2010, due to a lack of available funding for necessary renovations to the historic pioneer homestead.
For more than 100 years, the home which houses the hostel has weathered the salty spray of the Pacific and the frequent rains of California's Lost Coast. But earlier this year, an architectural inspection by the National Park Service revealed that the hostel is in need of reconstruction, including seismic retrofitting as well as renovations to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Early assessments estimate the cost of these repairs at more than $1.5 million. With the blessing of the Park Service, the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA hopes to be able to raise the necessary funds and reopen the hostel at some time in the future.
In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of what may be your last chance to visit this unique and beloved hostel.
Since it opened 22 years ago, the hostel has welcomed more than 75,000 travelers to its perch above the Pacific. Over the past three years, under the stewardship of managers Kaci Elder and Ryan Forsythe, overnight stays have increased by 40%, and the hostel has become one of the top-rated hostels in the world. Lonely Planet's USA & Canada on a Shoestring lists it as one of the "Five Best Hostels" across the two countries, and in 2008 the hostel tied for first place (with the Shin-Osaka Hostel in Japan) for highest customer ratings worldwide, among users of the international website hihostels.com.
A celebration of the hostel, its history, and the many travelers it has sheltered over the years, will take place during the closing weekend.
If you would like to receive updates about our fundraising progress and the future of the hostel, please subscribe to HI-USA Golden Gate Council's monthly e-newsletter. You can also contact the hostel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.