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 elevation582 ft (177 m)
Length2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Coordinates38°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 part of Rancho Guenoc when it was deeded as part of a Mexican land grant in 1845. It is assumed that the valley is named after George and Hiram Snell, two brothers from Germany, who were documented as residents of the Guenoc Rancho in 1857.[3]

In August 2020, Snell Valley was evacuated due to the Hennessey Fire, which burned of over 315,000 acres (127,476 ha) in five counties, including in Snell Valley.[4]

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  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.
  4. ^ "Hennessey Fire Information". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 17 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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