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“Petrified Trees in California”
Review of Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest
Ranked #6 of 67 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.
Bend, Oregon
1 review
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“Petrified Trees in California”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

This is a nice "Mom and Pop" kind of attraction. We have always been fascinated by trees made of stone and thought they were all in Arizona or farther away. What a nice surprise to find so many of them, here, on our way home from the coast. This beautiful well maintained preserve was a delight to wander in at our own pace, to see and learn so much. We discovered that this oak forest had been in the family for many years. Instead of selling off all the precious and valuable fossils and land, they had held on to it. Today we are delighted that the public still has this access and I am happy to contribute to what little profit they need to maintain the educational atmosphere. I am grateful to the owners for making this available to me. The gift shop with its amazing specimens was a lot of fun to explore also.

Visited October 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Nice break from drinking”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Considering that most wine tastings now cost over $10 per person (for just a few sips), I wouldn't say that this is outrageously expensive. We had a very pleasant chat with the general manager and enjoyed the stroll through the forest. Some interesting vegetation along with very cool LARGE petrified trees. If you like minerals and fossils like we do, you'd enjoy this. Plan on 45 minutes, if you want to check out some of the rocks and minerals on display in the shop.

Visited October 2013
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“Very interesting!!!”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Amazing how big these redwood trees are!! God's beautiful creations!! Interesting history of the petrified forest and the family that owns it. The scenario around the park is beautiful!!

Visited October 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, but expensive”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Wouldn't do it again, and if I had realised if was just a short walk with a few petrified trees, may not have gone in.

Place has potential to be better.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“2 and 1/2 Green Blobs”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

The site is very interesting, the trees are impressive and the concept of how they formed quite remarkable, but it is expensive and there's a lack of indepth information in the outdoor section, which is disappointing. One cannot help but feel like there's a lot more underneath the surface that could be excavated and explored. It just seems to miss the mark.

Visited October 2013
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