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John Muir National Historic Site

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John Muir National Historic Site

Winter greenery around John Muir National Historic site tree Martinez CA.

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Overview:

John Muir is no stranger to the national parks. His love of nature and work to preserve our lands not only created important organizations lke the Sierra Club, but also our parks! Muir convinced President Theodore Roosevelt to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as National Parks.

History:

Authorized on August 31, 1964.

When to Visit:

John Muir National Historic Site is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Getting There:

The park is very easy to get to whether you fly, take a train, or drive. Both Oakland and San Francisco International Airports provide access to the area and BART and AMTRAK trains offer service close to the site.

If you are driving to the park, (from San Francisco), take eastbound I-80 to eastbound Highway 4. Take exit at Alhambra Avenue, turning left at bottom of the ramp. You will cross beneath the highway and see the site on your left. From San Jose, take I-680 northbound or (from Sacramento) southbound I-680 to Highway 4 westbound. Exit at Alhambra Avenue, then turn right at bottom of ramp. You will see the site located on your left.

Fees/Permits:

There are no fees to visit the John Muir National Historic Site. Reservations are required for guided group tours of the Muir home for 10 or more people. Call (925) 228-8860 ext. 6400 for more information.

For those interested in having a special event, such as a wedding, at the site, call (925) 228-8860 ext. 6400.

Things to Do:

Begin your visit with an orientation at the Visitor Center for a twenty minute biographical film of Muir's life - "A Glorious Journey".

The Muir Home is available for self guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Public tours are also available at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 2 and 3 p.m. on weekends. Call (925) 228-8860 ext. 6400 to organize group tours. You may also enjoy a picnic on the grounds!

Be sure to check out the Martinez Adobe which was built in 1849. It is open to the public and contain a new exhibit about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Mt. Wanda is a must-see at the site. It’s only one mile to get to the top of the 640 foot summit. Wildflower walks, bird watching walks, and full moon walks are also available on Mt. Wanda. Call the site for more information at (925) 228-8860.

Accommodations:

There is no lodging available in the park, however there are plenty of options nearby. Check out the following hotel and motels:

Super 8 Motel
4015 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 372-5500

Royal Motel
3999 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 228-7471

Muir Lodge Motel
3930 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 228-3308

John Muir Inn - Best Western
445 Muir Station Rd.
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 229-1010

Pets:

Pets are allowed in the park, but must remain on leash. No Pets are allowed in the Muir home or the Martinez Adobe.

Areas of Interest Outside the Park:

  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
  • Port Chicago National Memorial
  • Rosie the Riveter/World War 2 Home Front National Historical Park
  • Martinez Regional Shoreline Park
  • Benicia Capital State Park
  • Benicia State Recreation Area
  • Benicia Historical Museum
  • Mt. Diablo State Park

Contact Info:

By Mail:
John Muir NHS
4202 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone:
(925) 228-8860

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