A mud bath at Indian Springs

M is for mud bath

Mud baths are one of the reasons people flock to Calistoga. The unique mixture of volcanic ashes various spas in Calistoga blend are said to be healing and therapeutic.

Some 8,000 years ago the Wappo indigenous people discovered and enjoyed the hot springs and muds of the area, and when the city’s founder Sam Brannan built a resort people would “take to the waters” for healing and relaxation.

Mud baths now range from deep soaking tubs that those found at Dr. Wilkinson’s to mud bars where guests can develop their own recipe of ashes and apply the mixture to their skin at resorts such as Solage and the newly renovated Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa.

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