Change In Park Schedule
Starting on Monday, April 22nd, 2013, the John Muir National Historic Site will be operating under new days and hours. We will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The press release regarding change in operating hours can be downloaded at link. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
John Muir grew many different types of fruit and nut trees on his 2,600-acre ranch. The orchard is now only within the 9-acre park area, and is maintained by our park staff. During the year, many of our fruit trees produce fruit, and many visitors are tempted to reach up and pick a pear or plum. While we allow visitors to take home a small amount of fruit, we prefer that you pick the fruit that has already fallen. This is to protect our trees from undue wear and tear. If you want to pick fruit from the trees, please ask for assistance from a Ranger or Volunteer.
Large Group and School Group Tours
To help protect the Strentzel-Muir home and the Martinez Adobe, as well as the artifacts each contains, pets, food, drinks (water in a sealed container is an exception), or natural materials such as plants are not allowed. Strollers are also not permitted and should be left outside the buildings.
The visitor center offers accessible restrooms and a captioned film. An easy access path offers a less steep route for visitors to reach the Strentzel-Muir house. For visitors who are unable to walk to the house, a ranger will gladly provide transportation via a golf cart. A wheelchair lift allows access to the home's first floor. The wheelchair lift has a 500-lb combined weight limit for each person and his or her wheelchair. Please contact the park if you have any questions or need additional information. A non-motorized wheelchair is available for use on a first-come, first-served basis . Motorized scooters are not permitted in the Strentzel-Muir house or the Martinez Adobe due to the hazards of uneven surfaces and to protect the integrity of these historic buildings. The first floor of the Martinez Adobe and Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail exhibit is also accessible from the south side. ADA approved picnic tables are available as well.
John Muir National Historic Site is for pedestrians only; no bicycles or motor vehicles are allowed in the park. Mount Wanda is accessible for pedestrians, mountain bikers and horses. The single track nature trail is for pedestrians only. Parking for Mount Wanda is at the Cal-Trans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Franklin Canyon Rd. and Alhambra Ave.
Camping And Picnicking
You may bring your pet to the John Muir National Historic Site, and on Mount Wanda. However, all pets must be on a leash. Please know that no pets are allowed inside the John Muir home or the Martinez, Adobe. Please be mindful of other guest while watching your pets.
The Mediterranean climate of Martinez features hot, dry summers with lower temperatures near 60º F and upper temperatures near 100º F. The heat gives way to cool, rainy winters with lows near 45º F and highs near 75º F. Fall and spring can bring rain and temperatures from 55-80º F.
For current weather information, please click here: Weather Information
Lodging, restaurants, and gas stations are within walking distance of the park, as well as in nearby towns. You may contact the Martinez Chamber of Commerce for more information at www.martinezchamber.com or (925) 228-2345. An internet search of Martinez, CA will also show available lodging and businesses.
Books Written By John Muir
Did You Know?
Mules are a cross between two animals, a mare (female horse) and a jack (male donkey). This hybrid gives us that smart, sure-footed, strong, high endurance animal with that loving personality that Muir enjoyed in a creature called "Brownie".