Snell Valley during July with Snell Peak in background
|Region||Northern Napa County|
|Elevation||582 ft (177 m)|
|Length||2.3 mi (4 km)|
Snell Valley is a depression landform in Napa County, California. 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.
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.
- David L. Durham. 2001
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009
- "You Can't Get There from Here… | Napa County Historical Society". wordpress.napahistory.org. 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, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
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