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IMAGINE A GIGANTIC FOREST HERE AND SEE THE REMNANTS

As petrified forests go, this one is well documented and easy to view. The museum could do a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TravelPlenty5
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Something That Isn't Wine Related in Napa

Interesting place that provides an interesting view of the fire damage that hit the Napa Valley in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating privately owned site: petrified sequoias of an extinct species are preserved by volcanic ash from an enormous eruption thousands of years ago from Mt. St. Helena. The eruption was similar to those of Vesuvius and Oregon's Mt. St. Helens, violent and explosive, which blasted the trees down all in one direction and covered them with ash before they could decay. There are several to see on the short loop trail. Take the docent-led tour to get the most out of the visit. Our guide was a well-informed young man who gave us both the geological AND human history of the place with a bit of natural history thrown in. Don't miss checking out the gift shop, not something I usually recommend. But this one is exceptional with beautiful displays of minerals and petrified wood.

Thank Sue T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Its about a 1/2-1 mile loop and the trees are nice to see. Its a pretty low budget operation. We were glad we went but werent blown away.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As petrified forests go, this one is well documented and easy to view. The museum could do a better job of explaining what else lived in the forest and why it was lost.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting place that provides an interesting view of the fire damage that hit the Napa Valley in the last year as well as the geological history of the area all in a 1 mile stroll.

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by to see petrified forest and enjoyed the hike up for a view of Mt. St. Helena. Nice day with a cool breeze. This place would be good for a picnic lunch under the trees at a bench or on a blanket. The live trees had some fire damage in the hills but it looked as if it had cleared out some of the undergrowth. It was very interesting to see a mineralized tree. Not a long walk. Probably 45 minutes to an hour to walk all the trails.

Thank samlaw2015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was excited to visit the Petrified Forest. We saw several petrified forest. Some were intact, others were broken at certain points.

The petrified trees are found by the tops protruding through the volcanic ash.

We were able to see Mount St. Helens. It was amazing! The ground and the yellow grass was quite different from the rest of the park. It was attractive.

We even saw madrones, a kind of tree and the black oak.

We had fun here and we learned a few things as well.

This is a must see!

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

A stop you just have to make.
The drive through made interesting viewing.
The wood that is so old just amazing.

Thank Carol R
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

My husband and I were staying nearby in Guerneville. I talked hubby in to going, as I’d seen the Petrified Forest in AZ when I was little. I learned so much! Well, first, did you know that there are *several* such places, worldwide? I know now! Second, each Forest yields different types/colors of wood. Who knew? Third, this Forest features Redwoods, and many are still believed to be underground! Our Guide was funny, knowledgeable, and infectious in his thirst for knowledge. He was very patient, answering questions put before him, and asking questions of the group, as well! (Initially, I had no desire to walk with a “tour guide”, but trust me, the information that we learned -around every corner, at the top of each hill- is so worthwhile!) (We also saw, firsthand, effects of the Tubbs Fire, Oct 2017). This tour starts out in shade, does some climbing, and ends up near the top of a hill/mountain, with little shade cover. Check your Weather and dress accordingly.

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Reviewed August 25, 2018

You must take a tour. They offer one 2 times a day and the information provided is more interesting than if you don't have a guide. The guide is included in the price. Our tour guide was so excited to tell us all about the petrified forest. I loved the view of Mt. Saint Helena and the kids loved climbing up the ash flow that created this place. The store was great. It had tons of rocks and even petrified wood to buy.

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

A tangible representation of the power of volcanic explosions and its ash, as well as the power of time. There is an uphill climb, not too steep though. Very manageable with the right footwear. Worth checking out!

Thank Mim P
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