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“A Quirky stop”
Review of Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest
Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A number of huge redwoods in this forest point away from Mount St. Helena, which once erupted violently.
Reviewed October 9, 2012

If we'd paid full price this would have been expensive for what it is, but the lady let us in cheap because we were British and thought we were broke, the fact we were on vacation 6000 miles from home was lost on her. Its just a short walk in the woods with some stone trees, but it was nice and quiet and quite interesting (well the kids liked it) so over all it was worth the stop.

Thank frank8sbates
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Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

I am glad that I went and it was interesting to see but if you are looking for a fun activity then don't bother.
It's poor value for money as it is a walk around a growing forest with these petrified trees dotted around the area. The history of how they were excavated etc is of interest to some and there are info signs as you walk about describing this. Go and see for yourself!

1  Thank ian369
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was a small privately held park. The tour was self guided with plaques at the various petrified tree locations. We felt this was over billed as a "forest", as only contained a number of trees. I don't think this is very interesting unless personally interested in seeing a petrified tree. "Trees" are scattered around within close walking distance of the "shop".where you could purchase a number of interesting "rocks". The facility was past it's prime, and not well maintained. Some of our group thought it was cheesy, others just not worth a stop, or the price of admission. The redeeming value was the petrified trees, were Redwoods, so very large scale trees. Might be worth a stop if you've never seen a petrified tree before.

Thank motorhead01
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We really enjoyed the walk around the petrified forest and enjoyed being able to touch these amazing trees. The gem store was fascinating and the facilities were good. We thought the entrance fee was a tad steep for what you got though. I really think a precious site like this should be managed by the State Parks system so that you could have better and more informative signage. Most of the signs and panels look like they came from the 1950's.

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Visited the place and got to know the science of the wood turning into rock. But there were a very few things to see across the trail and thought the fee charged was too much for such a small visit

Thank Yatin T
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