Everything You Need to Know About the Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of CaliforniaThe Old Faithful Geyser of California is located in the beautiful Napa Valley and has been drawing crowds to witness its wonder for hundreds of year. Before the valley became known for its beautiful vineyards and charming towns, outdoorsmen came to see the dependable geyser erupt in what is now Calistoga, CA. It sits on the northern end of the Napa Valley and is just one of many stops to make on your Napa Valley vacation!

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What Is the Old Faithful Geyser of California?

This magical spouting water stream was deemed one of only 3 faithful geysers in the world. Its eruptions are steady and predictable, which has made it one of the most visited places in the western United States. Geysers are geological wonders requiring the perfect storm of energy, fault lines, heat and water sources, and Calistoga has the perfect combination for an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Old Faithful has also proven itself an earthquake predictor, as when its eruptions have become delayed or diminished in the past a quake has happened within a 500-mile radius.

Old Faithful Geyser Facts

Before California was settled by Europeans and Americans from the East, the Old Faithful Geyser of California was known among Native American tribes to have healing properties. The Wappos used the water to heal tired and aching muscles, and the surrounding mud to treat bee stings and sunburns. In the 1930s hot mineral therapy pools were constructed with lava rocks indigenous to the area, and their ruins are still on-site today. The word spread about the “Legend of the Healing Waters,” and people would travel to relax in sweat lodges, soak in natural pools and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Saint Helena.

Old Faithful of California Grounds

Aside from the geyser, there are other things to enjoy on this natural preserve in Calistoga, CA. The Old Faithful Goat Farm is a favorite among the little ones, and home to famous Tennessee Fainting Goats, Jaco’s Four-Horn Sheep and Guard Llamas. Take a walk through the Old Faithful Gardens and breathe in the scent of various native plants. Work a picnic into your stay at the Old Faithful grounds with a bottle of wine and a game of bocce ball on the courts. A trip to see the geyser can be a great half-day affair for the family and don’t forget to take home some of the great merchandise from the gift shop.

If you’ve got an eye for natural phenomena, you’ll love witnessing the spastic spurts of the Old Faithful Geyser of California. This wonder of the earth’s crust will take your breath away as its spray catches the light and a rainbow inevitably shines through its waters. It’ll have you appreciating the earth’s beauty and wondering after its mystery.

Stay at Churchill Manor

After a fun day exploring the Old Faithful Geyser of California, come back to Churchill Manor to relax and reflect on your day in the gorgeous Napa Valley. Our rooms were designed with your comfort in mind. Historical details have been preserved throughout the mansion, but we also have the modern luxuries you’ve come to expect. Relax with one of our in-room spa services, or have a glass of wine on the veranda. Our evening wine and appetizer reception feature some of Napa’s best.


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