Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest, Calistoga: Address, Phone Number, Petrified Forest Reviews: 4/5

Petrified Forest
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Forests • Geologic Formations
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A number of huge redwoods in this forest point away from Mount St. Helena, which once erupted violently.
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KnickerbockerJones
San Francisco, CA131 contributions
Quick Pleasant Stop
Sep 2021 • Couples
After spending the night with my husband in Calistoga we decided to stop by at the petrified forest and if you have the time you should go. The trees are quite a sight. I know, it may sound weird but fossilized wood is actually pretty interesting. These trees are around 3.4 million years old. There is a $12.00 Adult entrance fee and leaving with something from the gift shop is almost guaranteed.
Written September 12, 2021
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Amanda P
Renton, WA60 contributions
Easy jogging stroller trails
Jul 2021 • Family
Super cool geological site, not a tourist trap. We had a jogging stroller which easily did both trails. We did both trails in about an hour.
Written July 26, 2021
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Elizabeth K
San Jose, CA164 contributions
Way better than I expected!
Jun 2021
Thought this would be a little hole-in-the-wall tourist trap but it was actually a super cool geological site with a really knowledgable ranger who gave us a great introduction when we arrived. She framed it as a treasure hunt, which kept my kids, ages 6 and 8, interested as we took our walk. (Map was also really helpful for us to know what we were looking at and why it was important.) Spent about an hour walking both trails; wasn't too hot in the morning and we were one of the few groups there. I think if you skip reading the signs, you will not find it very interesting, so take your time and really marvel at the ancient history in front of you, or at least just enjoy the scenery (we saw a jack rabbit and lots of lizards!). Gift shop was closed due to Covid but by peering through the windows we could see they had some neat stuff inside.
Written June 12, 2021
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candydawn
Turlock, CA451 contributions
Easy walk. Take your water bottle!
Jul 2020
I've been in California forever and did not know of this interesting site! First, our son took us..... we got the best ever deli sandwiches at Molsberry's Market, just off Mark West, address 522 Larkfield Center.....could not find a tripadvisor listing. Anyway, got our lunch, water and chips and off we went. The Forest has a few nice picnic tables and we took advantage of one of the ones in the shade!
Very interestingand level walk, nice hand out guide, benches along the way. There is an extra 1/2 mile walk which we did not take as it was way hot. There is a lot of shade however. Hard to believe anything can be this old!!!
Park was neat and tidy, bathrooms clean, staff friendly but, alas, the gift shop was closed so looking only. I imagine purchasing was possible w/out going inside.
We all do Disneyland and San Francisco but this is more of our kind of place, quiet, quirky, slow paced!
Give this an hour of your time. Don't forget your deli sandwich!
Written July 27, 2020
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babyoscar530
CA740 contributions
Quick 1 hour walk
Jun 2020 • Friends
This place is open during shelter-in, although I am not sure if the hours are the same. It is pretty hot in June for the one hour walk, but there wasn’t a lot of visitors. There is also onsite bathroom in case you need it. There are a lot of signage along the path to learn about what happened with the petrified forest.
Written June 28, 2020
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andreajoan
Doylestown, PA19 contributions
Interesting... for the first 10 min
Oct 2019
interesting to see the Petrified trees... took us less then an hour to walk around then entire trail... didnt stop at all the signage... once you see one they all look the same... cool to see once though...
Written April 13, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,346 contributions
Walk Back in Time
Mar 2020 • Couples
There are a few places in the world where you can view petrified trees, but how many are in your own backyard? Stopped on the way to Calistoga and thought it was interesting and worthwhile. Yes, it is expensive at $12 per person, but the place is well maintained and they appear to be uncovering more specimens over time. The loop is easy - took us about 45 minutes. Yes, the logs are fenced off, but imagine if they weren’t. I suspect they would be tagged. We liked it, check it out. Nice history behind the place also.
Written March 13, 2020
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Winkylee12
Camarillo133 contributions
Fascinating
Mar 2020
The petrified forest was an easy 1-1/2 mile walk. The office gives you a map with lots of details about your walk. It was really interesting seeing the petrified trees and the volcano that erupted years ago.
Written March 6, 2020
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dockdoolittle
Pleasant Ridge, MI26 contributions
Cool to see
Jan 2020 • Friends
The petrified forest is not a very large exhibit but it is cool to see. Especially since it is not something to see in most of the world. It is basically a path with pieces and sections of petrified trees that were encased by volcanic ash so that the wood has been preserved.
Written February 3, 2020
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WineEng
Green Valley, CA1,902 contributions
Pleasant Tourist Trap Worth A Stop
Dec 2019 • Friends
If you’re in the area from Sonoma to Calistoga and have an hour to kill, this is an interesting place to visit. Petrified trees occur in many places, just not in CA. Some spectacular examples exist in the Southwest but that’s not here. This is a relatively small place with a long history that is easily accessible and offers a dozen examples of large petrified specimens where they were found and/excavated. They have a nice kitschy gift shop to see before or after your outside tour (some up and down hill trekking for a mile with an optional 1/2 mile diversion) and during the summer it looks like they sell food and drinks. Cheers
Written December 21, 2019
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