The Great Outdoors
Although Manzanar National Historic Site is only 814 acres, we are surrounded by outstanding natural features. We are a short drive to some of the tallest mountains, deepest valleys, oldest trees, largest trees, and saltiest lakes in America. Year round hiking is available. Fishing is renowned. And winter sports dominate as snow comes to the Sierra Nevada. There is truly something for everyone.
National Park Service Areas
Death Valley National Park is 117 miles to the east of Manzanar. It is our largest park outside of Alaska at 3.4 million acres.
Yosemite National Park is 198 miles, over to the western side of the Sierra Nevada. Easy access is dependent on seasonal closure of mountain passes.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are 251 miles away. Even though the parks are right at our back door, high mountain peaks prohibit road access. You must drive south around the southern end of the Sierras.
Devil's Postpile National Monument is 95 miles north of Manzanar. This hidden gem features dramatic geology.
National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Sites
Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine is your source of information for all your area questions. It is located just south of Lone Pine at the intersection of Highway 136 to Death Valley and Highway 395. A permit is required for day hiking and overnight camping to Mt. Whitney. The phone number there is 760-876-6222.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is about 53 miles north and east of Manzanar. These are the oldest living trees on earth.
Inyo National Forest, of which Mt. Whitney and the bristlecones are a part, manages most of the mountainous terrain and accompanying recreation in this area.
Alabama Hills is a few miles west of Lone Pine. This scenic area of unique rock formations has been captured on film in numerous westerns.
Did You Know?
The city of Los Angeles gets much of its water from the Owens Valley, and it owns the majority of the land on the valley floor. The federal government leased the land for the camp from Los Angeles because it was vacant and had water.