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Authored by

Kathryn Lee Fletcher and
Warner Springs Historical Society

Warner Hot Springs
By Kathryn Lee Fletcher and
Warner Springs Historical Society
ISBN: 9781467116763
$21.99, 128 pp, paperback
Series: Images of America

Pub Date: 10/10/16
Warm Up at Warner Hot Springs
Also known as Kupa, Jojopin, and Aqua Caliente, Warner Hot Springs has been a “little piece of heaven” no matter what it has been called. Located in northeast San Diego County in the historic 47,000-acre Valle de San Jose, Warner Hot Springs is surrounded by the vast lands of the Cleveland National Forest, Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Palomar Mountain, Bureau of Land Management, and Vista Irrigation Water District. Blessed with a four-season climate at an elevation of about 3,200 feet, it sits at the base of 6,500-foot Hot Springs Mountain, the tallest in San Diego County. Home of Native Americans, Spaniards, and white settlers, cowboys, and ranchers, Warner Hot Springs has played host to passing immigrants, Butterfield Stage passengers, vacationers, and movie stars. The world-famous hot springs have drawn people since the beginning of time. An early brochure states, “It’s where you will have some of the best days of your life,” and many would agree.

Kathryn L. Fletcher is a fourth generation Californian and President of the Warner Springs Historical Society.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has a background in Recreational and Club Development, and Landscape Design.  She comes by her interest in the history of Warner Springs from her Grandparents who first purchased property there in 1939 and built a vacation home loved by five generations of her family.  Kathryn and her husband Norman now live in that home full time.  Fletcher’s great, great uncle was James Marshall who discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1849 starting the California Gold Rush.
She was delighted by the opportunity to compile and edit this photographic history on behalf of the Historical Society, and past and future visitors to Warner Hot Springs, now known as Warner Springs.  Kathryn is an active volunteer for the historical society and Save Our Heritage Organisation of San Diego.  She acts as a docent at the Warner Carrillo Ranch House, a nearby museum. She is also active in her community association, and as an advisor to Warner Springs Ranch Resort on it’s historic restoration of the ranch and resort.
She hopes that this work will bring back fond memories to the many visitors to Warner Hot Springs and inspire the telling of more colorful stories about this significant and historic place in Southern California.

  • Warner Hot Springs is a very historic and memorable resort in San Diego County
  • The Warner Valley is one of the great remaining open spaces in Southern California and is full of the history of the West from the Native Americans, to the Butterfield Stage, Overland Immigrant Route which was traveled by over 250,000 people after the Gold Rush, and early ranching days of California
  • Warner Hot Springs ranch is currently under restoration as Warner Springs Ranch Resort and will once again be a favorite destination for guests this next year.
  • The Hot Springs at Warner Springs are world famous and have attracted Indians, cowboys, travelers, movie stars and guests for centuries for their relaxing and healing benefits.
  • The majority of the images are from the Warner Springs Historical Society Collection and many have been donated by local residents and former guests of the resort.
  • A portion of the profit from the sale of the book are being donated to the Warner Springs Historical Society.