Permits & Reservations
If your school, travel group, service group or organization is planning on visiting Manzanar NHS we have several options.
You can visit Manzanar on your own. There are exhibits in the Interpretive Center and the award winning 22 minute film Remembering Manzanar showing every 30 minutes. There is a self-guided driving tour of Manzanar where you will see two sentry posts, Japanese gardens, baseball field, cemetery and monument as well as exhibits at Block 14 that include a restored Mess Hall and two newly constructed reproduction barracks.
Ranger led programs can be arranged by reservation. Depending on your length of visit a program may be a fifteen minute introduction to the site, to an in-depth tour of Manzanar lasting about ninety minutes. Please call our reservation line at (760) 878-2194, ext. 3333. You may download the Group Reservation Request and fax it to (760) 878-2949.
Please note that reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit to allow processing. Staffing may be limited on weekends and holidays.
Types of Ranger Guided Programs Offered
Special Use Permits
To speak with us as you begin to plan a special event, or if you have questions regarding your activity, and in order to obtain an application for a permit, please call the park Special Park Uses Coordinator at 760-878-2194, ext. 3303.
School media projects, independent films, documentaries, interviews with former internees, and feature films require a film permit.
A still photography permit is required when:
The National Park Service is required to recover all costs associated with permits for filming and photography. All administrative costs involving permit application and processing are nonrefundable and will be charged to a permittee. We require that charges be paid before work can begin on National Park Service property.
Location Fees for Still Photography
Film Monitor fee $40/hr; minimum of 2 hours
Note: Since our costs are based upon the services we provide, we do not differentiate between profit and nonprofit documentary projects.
Permit Application Procedures
Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application. During the process of reviewing and evaluating a permit application, if it is determined that substantial park staffing resources will be required for the permitted activity, the Park Special Park Uses Coordinator will contact the applicant about additional permit costs. Therefore you are encouraged to attach, maps, diagrams, script pages, vehicle and equipment lists, call sheet, itineraries, shot list, etc. with you application to assist park staff in evaluating your request. Most requests may be processed within 14 days if the application is complete and without alteration. In compliance with the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, applicants must submit their Social Security number or Federal Tax ID number when filling out the application for permit.
Note: Park managers will not sign location releases supplied by applicants.
Please submit applications as far in advance as possible. Mail to:
Manzanar National Historic Site