We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A Step Back in Time”
Review of Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest
Ranked #14 of 74 things to do in Calistoga
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: A number of huge redwoods in this forest point away from Mount St. Helena, which once erupted violently.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place is worth the visit! The petrified trees are really beautiful -- even though they must be viewed from behind enclosures for the most part. Spend the extra bit of money and take the meadow walk. It was an ideal way to get to know more about the area.

Thank Jill_WilmNC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (435)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"million years"
in 24 reviews
"gift shop"
in 45 reviews
"old trees"
in 9 reviews
"short hike"
in 9 reviews
"volcanic eruption"
in 8 reviews
"natural history"
in 7 reviews
"guided tour"
in 26 reviews
"interesting place"
in 8 reviews
"robert louis stevenson"
in 6 reviews
"wine country"
in 15 reviews
"for sale"
in 5 reviews
"self guided"
in 9 reviews
"napa valley"
in 10 reviews
"fossils"
in 23 reviews
"trail"
in 67 reviews
"stone"
in 36 reviews
"ash"
in 23 reviews
Filter

332 - 336 of 435 reviews

Reviewed May 23, 2013

Plenty of petrified trunks and a great gift shop. A bit pricey on the admission, but still worth the visit to say that you've seen petrified rock in place.

Thank Kate T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 22, 2013

What a wonderful place for adults who are even a little curious about the natural history of the wine country area. It would also be awesome for kids in mid-grade school and older. This place has the largest petrified trees in the country. They are redwoods which were felled by a volanic blast over 2 million years ago. A number of these have been excavated and can be seen on a tour along with deposits of volanic ash which buired the trees. The guide was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable geology student who explained everything very well to people who didn't know that much about volcanoes and earthquakes.

The gift shop has petrified wood specimens polished into art objects and jewelry. It also has some jewelry made out of semi-precious minerals. We shopped and shopped.

Hint: either go early in the day or go on a day when the temperature is not more than in the low 70's. It's too hot on the longer trail where a large volcanic ash deposit reflects the heat. The management doesn't take people up there when it's too hot. But even the short trail is awesome, so go even when it's warm!

Thank Ann L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

I wouldn't journey to the Petrified Forest ONLY to visit it alone-it's not a destination, its a diversion. We were on our way to Napa and I'm a nature nerd and it sounded fascinating! The price of admission is a bit high, but when you consider it's helping to keep a national park alive, you feel a bit better about forking your money over. It's a quick walk through the woods which is peppered with large specimen of petrified trees caused by the once active Mount St. Helena volcano- a part of the history of the area.

Thank Denise D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I have learn a lot about nature. Short trail in the forest with many information on how it happend. Petrified Charlie's Meadow is wher Charles Evans, in 1871 found the first stump of petrified wood while tending his cows.

Thank verast989
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Petrified Forest also viewed

 
Calistoga, Napa Valley
 

Been to Petrified Forest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing