Ojala, California

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Ojala, California
Ojala, California is located in California
Ojala, California
Ojala, California
Coordinates: 34°29′04″N 119°17′57″W / 34.48444°N 119.29917°W / 34.48444; -119.29917Coordinates: 34°29′04″N 119°17′57″W / 34.48444°N 119.29917°W / 34.48444; -119.29917
CountryUnited States
965 ft (294 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code805
GNIS feature ID1661136[1]

Ojala (/ˈhɑːlə/ (listen); Spanish: Ojalá) is an unincorporated community in Ventura County, California, United States. Ojala is located along California State Route 33, 4.1 miles (6.6 km) northwest of Ojai. Ojala sits at the foot of Nordhoff Ridge in Los Padres National Forest. Ojala was once served by the smallest post office in the United States, which was the size of a phone booth. It can still be visited in neighboring Wheeler Springs, CA.[2][3] Ojala was one of the first tourist attractions by Ojai Valley, primarily due to its natural hot springs.[4]

Ojala is Spanish and translates into "hopefully" or an expression of hope.[5]

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  1. ^ "Ojala". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ Massey, Peter and Jeanne Wilson (2006). Backcountry Adventures Southern California: The Ultimate Guide to the Backcountry for Anyone with a Sport Utility Vehicle. Adler Publishing. Page 237. ISBN 9781930193260.
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (2010). California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press. Page 267. ISBN 9780520266193.
  4. ^ Hoye, Richard and Tom Moore (2010). Ojai. Arcadia Publishing. Page 59. ISBN 9780738581088.
  5. ^ Hualde, José Ignacio (2012). The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. John Wiley & Sons. Page 415. ISBN 9781118228043.