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Sonoma Region Natural Wonders

Interested in natural history? The Calistoga area has two "natural wonders" that are the remnants of another age.

The Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest Road in the hills west of Calistoga, has been an attraction since 1871 and was noted in Robert Louis Stevenson''s "Silverado Squatters". Here, you step back in time—over 3 million years—by simply following the paved/graveled 0.5 mile long trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country. Geologists call this attraction one of the finest examples of a pliocene fossil forest in the world. The park itself is privately owned and has been since its first proprietor started excavating the large petrified trees in 1871. Enjoy your short walk through these well-preserved natural wonders. Brannan Cottage Inn offers discount coupons!


Old Faithful Geyser of California

Also known as the Calistoga "Geyser", Old Faithful of California is a naturally erupting geothermal well and has been a popular tourist attraction since the 1880s. The Geyser tosses a scalding curtain of water anywhere from 60 to 100 feet into the air approximately every 45 minutes. The Geyser is one of only three Old Faithfuls in the world, designated as such because of its constant and predictable eruptions. This spectacle is a true rarity, and there's no better place to see it than here! It is only 1.5 miles from Brannan Cottage Inn (and we have discount coupons as well!).