El Capitan Lodge & Casino

Back by popular demand, the El Capitan Lodge & Casino returned live blackjack to its gaming floor in recent weeks.

Just in time for Armed Forces Day, the El Capitan Lodge & Casino has undergone a transformation.

Bringing back a retro look, the building has gone back to a more original look where the brick façade is exposed and more nostalgic signage appears. Like photos of the past, on the poolside of the El Capitan, a new wedge sign will be in place, reminding those who had visited the casino of earlier times.

The inside of the casino has also undergone a face-lift. Besides the addition of more slot machines, live gaming can be found across from the cashier’s cage. Blackjack is played Thursday through Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. with new tables featuring the El Capitan Dome in Yosemite (the namesake of the casino and an American flag motif honoring “America’s Patriotic Home”).

“This brings back more of the atmosphere from the past and a great venue which our guest have been asking for,” general manager Glenn Carns explains.

The lodge has undergone a 75-room makeover, just in time for the big weekend, with a modern and clean look to the facility.

Over Armed Forces weekend, residents are welcome to come inside and note the changes while visiting with new and old friends in Hawthorne’s hometown casino.

“I invite everyone to our firework show on Friday at 9 p.m. off the roof of the casino,” Carns concluded.