Music at Bale Grist Mill!

During nice weather the Bale Mill Musicians often gather to play traditional music.  The 2018 schedule TBD.  Come tour the mill, enjoy a picnic under the oaks and listen to the music! If you have a string instrument, join in!

Enviro-Sports’ Bothe-Napa Valley Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K   March and October

Listen to babbling streams as you run along on the lush, lower trails and challenge yourself with the hills of the higher trails within Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. The course is challenging with the hills, streams and rocks – which makes it all the more exciting and rewarding! This run is great fun and located just minutes from great restaurants and wineries. Limited to 300 participants, this event sells out every year so don’t wait too long to register!

Register on-line with Enviro-Sports.

Earth Day Celebration at the Bothe-Napa Native American Garden, Wappo People – Spring 

Bothe-Napa Valley celebrates every Earth Day with a spring cleaning in the Native American Garden.  Volunteers weed and gently rake around the fragile native plants important to the first people of the area.  Some light pruning might take place under the guidance of the garden’s long time docent.  We meet at the visitor center at 10:00 on a Saturday. If interested contact us at:


Bale Grist Mill Pancake Breakfast – May 5, 2018. Saturday 9:00 to 11:00

Enjoy awesome Bale Mill Pancakes and help support the parks! $5 per person (kids under 6 eat free).

Sign up to become a member of the Napa Valley State Parks Association and receive one free breakfast. The NVSPA is a friends group, that supports the Napa Valley Parks.

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Become a member – have even more fun!


Naturalist led hikes summer Saturdays at Bothe-Napa Valley 

Hike Bothe-Napa’s pristine trails with a local naturalist and really get to experience the outdoors. Learn about the park’s wildflowers, birds, bugs and other critters, redwood trees and year-round Ritchie Creek.  Summer Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. 10:00-11:30. Check-in at the Kiosk. Bring water and sun protection. Questions? Call 942-4575 or send email:


Junior Rangers

Bothe-Napa’s young campers can enjoy our Junior Rangers summer program – Saturday mornings in the summer from 10:00-11:30. Kids have great fun exploring Ritchey Creek, hiking trails and learning curious things about animals. Ask the camp hosts where the Rangers will be meeting the Saturday morning you are camping.

Nature Camp for Kids at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park –  2018 dates to-be-set

Napa Valley’s traditional week-long day camp for kids ages 8-12.  Children enjoy hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, drama, wilderness and native garden studies, nature stewardship, pioneer history and games under the guidance of skilled teachers. Reservations required.  Scholarships available. Contact us at:



Bothe Outdoor Teen Hiking Experience Camp “BOTHE” –  2018 dates to be set

Organized to expand on the experiences the younger children have enjoyed at Bothe’s original Nature Camp.  Team building and stream ecology are also emphasized. Some of the other activities include a low ropes course, hiking the trails of Bothe, camping out and a night hike. Reservations required.  Four days, including one overnight. Scholarships available. Contact us at:


Bale Grist Mill Harvest Dinner – September 8, 2018   

Celebrate the harvest season with us at our annual fundraiser dinner.  Every fall NVSPA, the nonprofit Association that supports all our state parks in Napa County, hosts an outdoor candle light dinner under the majestic oaks at the foot of the great waterwheel.  This autumn event features a sumptuous farm-to-table dinner prepared from locally grown/raised food and paired with fantastic Napa Valley wines.  Mill around with us and enjoy bidding on silent auction items while listening to old-time music played by local musicians.  Our miller will give special tours of the now fully restored 1846 mill that still grinds grain with the original stones. Your ticket price and donations will help keep the great wheel turning! Tickets online at  event# 3573770 or call Sandy Jones at (707) 477-6305.  

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 Fiesta en el Molino Bale – September 15, 2018    12-5 

(Free Event)

New event this year!

A celebration of Mexican Independence Day and sharing the contributions of the Latino Community to the Napa Valley from the early 1800’s to the present.

  • Music (Mariachi and Rancho Period)
  • Local Dancers
  • Hands-on craft activities
  • Information Booths
  • Food Trucks (fees apply)
  • And much more

Parking is limited at the Bale Mill.  A free shuttle bus service will be available from the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park to the Bale Mill.



Old Mill Days –  One Day Only ~ Saturday October 20th 11:00 to 3:00    Please note this change.

Come enjoy Napa Valley’s rural past at this pioneer family celebration and see how hard our forefathers had to work each day! Try your hand at farm chores such as corn husking, corn shelling, wheat threshing, butter making, apple pressing, hand sewing, washing clothes on a washboard, twisting jute into rope or sawing logs into planks.  Many other activities such as making a corn husk doll, calligraphy lessons, waxed egg decorating or wheat weaving occur from year-to-year.  To add to the experience of stepping back in time, our mill docents wear period correct clothing and hats. Old time clothes are available for children to wear. Musicians play old-time music. Stew, cornbread and cider available for an additional fee.

Saturday ONLY 11:00–3:00.  $5.00 fee; Children under 6 free.





Bothe-Napa Sawyers and Antique Machinery Get-Together -November 2018 (date to be set)

If you like old machinery, come on out to Bothe-Napa Park to see what we are up to now!  There will be a gathering of old sawyers and forestry minded folks who like to indulge in the technologies of logging, hazard tree reduction and arborist work. Many of these folks also restore old saws, portable winches, old stationary engines and accessories.  Some are into modern equipment and just want to share ideas on timber management and antique machines. There will also be a swap meet so take a look around the garage and bring in an old tool or two to add to the swap. Logging demonstrations and chain saw safety classes too.
$8.00 per car park day use fee.



Pioneer Christmas – December 8, 2018      10:00 – 3:00

Every Christmas season, Bale Grist Mill hosts a 19th century Christmas celebration, pioneer style.  Enjoy making a clove pomander or wreath of rosemary for your home, or string popcorn and cranberries for the tree. Write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal with red wax.  Children especially enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies, cutting paper snowflakes and making “leavings dolls” out of scraps of fabric.  There are demonstrations throughout the day:  lace making, wool spinning, waxed egg decorating and milling demonstrations.  Cookies and cider too!

$5.00 fee; kids under 6 free.




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For more information about any of Napa Valley State Parks events or programs:
(707) 942-4575 Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
(707) 963-2236 Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park