Destinations, Ski & Spa

Relax: Calistoga Hot Springs and Mud Baths

December 3, 2012 by

Golden Havens Mud Bath

Golden Havens Mud Bath

If you’re ready to escape winter weather, a visit to Calistoga located in the stunning Napa Valley is the perfect destination. The Calistoga hot springs have drawn winter-weary guests for generations and over the years has grown to be the ultimate hot springs resort destination.

Calistoga Mud Bath Originated with Wappo Indians

Calistoga is famous for its natural geothermal waters, volcanic ash, and is home to Old Faithful. Located in the Napa Valley, Calistoga is also known for cool wines, artesian shops, restaurants and more, but it is most famous for its Calistoga hot springs and mud baths.

These mud baths originated with the Wappo Indians, and became commercialized after the Gold Rush. Today the mud baths offered by spas in Calistoga are still composed of hot spring water, peat, and minerals.

Calistoga hot springs

Enjoy a soak in therapeutic hot springs.

Hot Springs Medicinal Value

The Calistoga hot springs contain a diverse number of minerals thought to have medicinal value and healing properties. Over the years, these natural warm springs have grown in popularity as tourist attractions, but they have also become an intricate element in rehabilitation and spa facilities.

Soaking in water provided by the Calistoga hot springs is thought to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to better nourish vital organs, improve metabolism, enhance immunity, normalize gland function, and much more. Plus it is a great what to relax both mentally and physically.

Benefits of Mud Baths

In 1946, a young chiropractor by the same of “Doc” Wilkinson established a spa facility in Calistoga to offer mud baths and other therapeutic treatments for his patients and residents of Calistoga. If you’ve never enjoyed a mud bath you don’t know what you’re missing. Benefits of a Calistoga mud bath are said to include:

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Exfoliation of the skin
  • Removal of toxins
  • Increased blood circulation

Lavender Hill Spa

Spas with Mud Baths

Today, Calistoga boasts a number of quality spas with mud baths. Mud bath treatments generally last for about 10-12 minutes, during which you are immersed a pool of mud kept at 100 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. The following list are just a few of the many spas Calistoga has to offer:

  • Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort: This Calistoga spa regularly offers room and spa packages as well as mud bath specials and more. Check their website for current packages offered.
  • Lavender Hill Spa: Lavender Hill offers spa packages that last for two hours or longer. It has earned the distinction of being considered “Calistoga’s most romantic spa,” and is a popular choice for couples on their honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary.
  • Solage Calistoga: Famous for their “Mudslide Experience” which includes the “mud bar,” followed by a soak in the geothermal mineral waters.

This short list provides a sample of the spa experiences available in Calistoga. There is something for everyone, and with a little research you’ll find the right muddy, hot, experience for you to relax and rejuvenate.

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  1. christine says:

    the second photo, with the three women soaking in a natural hot tub: where is this at? I looked online for calistoga but I couldn’t find it. I appreciated if you could help. I’m planning an all natural spa getaway. Thanks!

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