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Address: 4100 Petrified Forest Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515-9527
Phone Number: +1 707-942-6667
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A number of huge redwoods in this forest point away from Mount St. Helena,...

A number of huge redwoods in this forest point away from Mount St. Helena, which once erupted violently.

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Docent tour 11 one pm and 3 work to it

Seeing the remains of a 3.4 million year old tree is fairly impressive . For real insight organise around the docent tour the guide was a charming Englishman and filled us in on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Seeing the remains of a 3.4 million year old tree is fairly impressive . For real insight organise around the docent tour the guide was a charming Englishman and filled us in on all the local history regarding the founder, Charlie Evans and this amazing discovery. Find out more about ash fall and how these old redwoods were preserved. The... More 

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Thank Christine P
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found the visit very interesting. It could also be because we were there out of season, and so practically had the park to ourselves. There were only three of us following our (very good) guide Rachel. The experience might be different with a crowd. We were lucky to enjoy a quiet and beautiful environment. And we learned a lot.

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Thank imforestgirl
Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The petrified wood is very cool. Exploring this over 3 million year-old event with your kids is a good learning opportunity. The trails are well made, although not all are wheelchair accessible. We could not do the extra hike out to the view because of time constraints, unfortunately. The shop is full of really cool rocks, gems, minerals - little... More 

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Thank CanadaMirm
Spring Lake, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Actually not much to see. They do provide a tour guide to give information as to what you are looking it. You can do this in 30 minutes. Not worth the admission. A true tourist trap

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Thank N0lafan
Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Didn’t know what to expect and turned out to be a highlight of our trip. My wife is no history buff and said afterwards that it made her interested in geological history. Worth going to if you feel like taking a break from wine tastings or want a leisurely walk through a fascinating forest. We ended up carrying home to... More 

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Thank Schmata
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We paid $12 each for 4 of us to take an unguided walk. Yes, the few specimens of petrified trees were fairly interesting, but $12 is a bit much for what you see. You have to enter and exit through an overpriced gift shop. Seems like a money grubbing tourist trap to me. Don't waste your money.

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Thank DivaTJ
Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My son and I were in the area for a wedding. We saw a sign for the Petrified Forest and decided to stop. This is a rustic location with some wonderful old growth trees right around the main building which has a nicely kept trail around many petrified tress that have been excavated. The trail is a little over a... More 

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Clayton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting stop displaying well protected and preserved petrified trees. The tour is a short walking loop that takes you about an hour. The exhibits are well documented surrounded by benches and paths. According to the host, this is the only petrified 'forest' in California so it's worth the stop. Included is a really nice and well-stocked souvenir shop and clean... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a nice quiet walk through this forest. There's not much to it and won't take you too long to walk through, but it's something my husband and I enjoyed doing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This weekend retreat was exemplary. Beautiful natural setting, high quality lodging, every detail exceeded expectations. The docent led tour was worthy of international accolades. The Petrified Forest is a natural wonder, but it takes trained docents like Danny to bring it to living consciousness.

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