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36th NBPA Plein Air Paintout @ Napa Valley State Park



It's sure to be a warm one, so we are going to paint under the trees at the Bothe-NapaValley State Park.

This often-overlooked park offers a long hiking trail along the creek that goes through the middle of the park. Paint near the head of the trail or hike deep into the hills.

Painting Times
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Between 12:00pm and 12:30pm, we will all meet at the Parking Lot at the head of the Ritchey Canyon Trail.

How to find us:
Call or Text[masked] or[masked], or follow us @NBPleinair on Twitter.

Directions Click Here For Google Maps

From the south: Head up about 5 miles from St. Helena on Highway 29, the park entrance will be on your left at the intersection of Larkmead Lane. It's fairly easy to miss the entrance so keep your eyes open.

From the north: Head down about 4 miles from Calistoga on Highway 29, the park entrance will be to your right at the intersection of Larkmead Lane. It's fairly easy to miss the entrance so keep your eyes open.

At the head of the Ritchey Canyon Trail there is an ample parking lot. This can also serve as our meeting point.

Make sure to bring cash for any day use parking fee.

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  • Donna D.

    It was very warm but lots of shade. I enjoyed painting in the shade of the creek. Other nice spots were nearby but with a hike.

    July 23, 2012

  • Sergio L.

    It was our lowest turnout in a long time. Can't blame anyone. It was a scorcher! Most of us stayed near the trail head, but I went up the Redwood Trail where it was probably a good 10 degrees cooler underneath the canopy of redwoods. Great place for easy hiking, would be even nicer after a good rain and cooler temperature. Heard preference for a coastal area next month. How does Tennessee Valley sound?

    July 22, 2012

  • Matias S.

    I hope I can make it. I just got a call for an interview at 3:45pm tomorrow.

    July 21, 2012

  • Sergio L.

    Did you click on the PDF for the map?

    July 19, 2012

  • Jean W.

    Wow, I can't believe it. All the camp sites for Sunday night disappeared in the last two hours. Maybe they will have some walk-ins. I think the Ritchie trail runs alongside the route through the campsites. I wonder if it still has water in it at this time of year.

    July 19, 2012

  • Lynda M.

    Where is the Ritchie Creek trail in relationship to the campground entrance?

    July 19, 2012

  • Lynda M.

    I have campsite no. 45 and am also staying overnight on Sunday.

    July 19, 2012

  • Lynda M.

    Jean, what campsite did you get?

    July 19, 2012

  • Jean W.

    I will drive up Sunday morning, paint, and then camp out in the park Sunday night, and paint some more on Monday, then drive back Monday night. That will be my official summer vacation. They do not have any camp sites available Saturday night so I can't get there early to scope it out, unfortunately. I know they always save some for military people, but alas, I am only the mother of a military, not a military myself.

    1 · July 19, 2012

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