Great Western War is located at the beautiful Buena Vista Aquatics Park just outside of Taft, CA. We use a private entrance to the park located at 1003 Ironbark Rd, Taft, CA 93268.

Registration for GWW XXIII is now CLOSED. If you did not register in advance you will not be able to attend. No exceptions.

Gate Hours

Regular guest gate hours are the following. Monday 10/4 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Merchants and War Staff only ———————————————————————————————– Tuesday 10/5 12:00 PM (Open of War) to 12:00 Midnight Wednesday 10/6 8:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight Thursday 10/7 12:00 Midnight to 12:00 Midnight 24 Hours Friday 10/8 12:00 Midnight to 12:00 Midnight 24 Hours Saturday 10/9 12:00 Midnight to 2:00 PM (Can check in at Porter if after 2 PM) Sunday 10/10 Closed (Can still check in at Gate Shack) ———————————————————————————————— Monday 10/11 Site Closes at 12 Noon

GWW XXIII Refund Policy


Refunds must be requested by the person whose name is on the check or credit card used and refunds will be issued by check only to that person. You must include the same information in your request form as you included in your registration form.


  • The GWW Exchequer must RECEIVE requests for refunds in writing postmarked or e-mailed no later than September 30, 2021.
  • After September 30, 2021, all refund requests are processed at the discretion of the GWW Financial Committee, and only for serious situations that would result in someone not attending the War.
  • Email your completed refund request to
  • No refunds will be considered for ANY REASON after 7 days from the conclusion of War.


To request a refund you must fill out the refund request form located here and email the completed form to the GWW Exchequer

Refunds will be in the form of a check and distributed after attendance records are checked and associated payments have cleared.

There is a processing fee of $5 per registrant on ALL refunds.