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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
Industry Hospitality
Headquarters
Calistoga, California, United States
Services Hotels, Resorts, Spa

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is a geothermal mineral water resort located in the upper Napa Valley town of Calistoga, California. The resort has been continuously operated as a hot spring resort since the early 1900s. The Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is located at 1006 Washington Street and bordered by Gerard Street to the Northwest and Franklin Street to the Southeast.

Area history

The indigenous Wappo civilization occupied the region for thousands of years and annually migrated to the upper valley to village near the exposed mineral pools found along the western ridge of the Mayacamas mountain range. Geothermal forces and tectonic activity elevate the temperature of the mineral water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit at the source.

Volcanic ash mud baths and balneotherapy

A mud bath is a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot springs water can combine with volcanic ash. The volcanic ash found in the upper Napa Valley is derived from the eruptions of Mount Konocti and Mount St. Helena ending some 10,000 years ago. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years and since ancient times have been used to treat health problems and beautify the skin.

Balneology or sometimes referred to as "taking in the waters" is an ancient method of gaining the benefits of mineral water through immersion, ingestion and contact with the water over a period of time. It is believed that the mineral content within the water, especially magnesium, initiates a calming effect on the user.

The spa property

From 1965 through 1986 the property operated Calistoga's largest open to the public pool, the Roman Pool. Through vigorous use and age the pool fell into decline and was closed in 1985. Between 1965 and 1985 several new guest room buildings were added to the property to allow for more overnight visitors wanting to "take in the waters".

Original Roman Pool
Original Roman Pool

In 1986 a new main building was constructed to house the spa, mud bath and mineral bath facility. This building rests upon the space previously occupied by the Roman Pool. The pools and surrounding patio areas were improved and barbecue areas were created for guests to use during their visit.

In 2014 four new mineral pools were added.

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