• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument

    Manzanar

    National Historic Site California

Your Safety

Heat

Summers at Manzanar are extremely hot. Temperatures frequently exceed 100° Fahrenheit. Strong winds are also common, especially in the spring. Remember to always wear sunscreen and a hat and to drink plenty of water when visiting the site.

Cold

Winter at Manzanar is fairly mild although an occasional snowfall is not uncommon. Snow stays on the ground only a few days of the year. However, winds often make it feel colder so you should wear a warm jacket while touring the site.

Walking

Manzanar is fairly flat and easy to explore on foot, but there are some physical hazards. The dirt can be soft and there are numerous tripping hazards such as tree roots and old wire. There is also broken glass throughout the site. Please wear appropriate footwear (closed-toe shoes are most comfortable) when exploring the site.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Manzanar today. Photo by Michael Wehrey.

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.