Snell Valley

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Snell Valley
Snell Valley.jpg
Snell Valley during July with Snell Peak in background
Snell Valley is located in Northern California
Snell Valley
Snell Valley
Floor elevation 582 ft (177 m)
Length 2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Coordinates 38°41′55″N 122°24′11″W / 38.6986°N 122.403°W / 38.6986; -122.403


Snell Valley is a depression landform in Napa County, California.[1] This feature is located approximately five miles north of Aetna Springs. The valley is noted for its diversity of wildflowers, and within Snell Valley is the Missimer Wildflower Preserve. An example of wildflowers in Snell Valley is Gold Nuggets, Calochortus luteus.[2]

Butts Creek flows through the center of Snell Valley; As seen in July 2016


Snell Valley was once part of the larger Guenoc Rancho in 1845 when it was deeded as part of a Mexican land grant to the earliest settlers to the region. It is assumed that the valley is named after George and Hiram Snell who were two brothers from Germany;documented as citizens of the Guenoc Rancho in 1857.[3]

See also

Line notes

  1. ^ David L. Durham. 2001
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  3. ^ "You Can't Get There from Here… | Napa County Historical Society". Retrieved 2017-05-07.


  • David L. Durham. 2001. Durham's place names of California's old wine country, page 65
  • C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow Mariposa Lily: Calochortus luteus,, ed. N. Stromberg

Coordinates: 38°41′55″N 122°24′12″W / 38.69861°N 122.40333°W / 38.69861; -122.40333

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