Basic Information

Explore the Martinez Adobe which sits in the back of the John Muir National Historic Site property. The adobe houses exhibits to provide history surrounding the connection to the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail.
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Please visit our main website for specific directions to our park. You may call the John Muir Visitor Center for additional information.

John Muir National Historic Site

The main park site and visitor center hours of operation.

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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. March to April: wet/dry, 60-80º F May to September: very dry, 60-100º+ F October to November: dry/wet, 55-80º F December to February: wet, 45-75º F

Entrance Fees:

John Muir National Historic Site - $0.00

The John Muir National Historic Site and Mount Wanda are free to visit.

Entrance Passes:

John Muir National Historic Site - $0.00

Passes are not require and are not sold at this location.

John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center

Main visitor center for the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

Visitors in front of the John Muir home. Trees and sunshine.
A sunny day at the Muir home.

Exploring Historic Buildings

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.

Pears hang from a tree branch in the John Muir NHS orchard

Orchards at the John Muir NHS

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. While we allow visitors to take home a small amount of fruit, please be careful when picking a piece of fruit. Branches can be delicate. We like to leave enough fruit for all visitors, so please keep picking to a minimum.


Group and School Group Tours

We love to share our knowledge and the history of John Muir and this park. If you are bringing a large group and would like a guided tour by one of our rangers, it is necessary to let us know in advance. Teachers need to contact the visitor center in order to receive the introductory packet for school groups. Scheduling in advance helps us to keep your National Park staffed safely and appropriately.

Trail on Mount Wanda, winding through the trees.
Trail on Mount Wanda.

Getting Around

There are paved pathways through the 9 acres of orchards which surround the Muir home. Transportation will be provided to visitors who are unable to walk up to the Muir home. John Muir NHS is for pedestrians only, no bicycles or motor vehicles are allowed in the park. Mt. Wanda is accessible for pedestrians, mountain bikers and horses. The single track nature trail is for pedestrians only. Parking for Mt. Wanda is at the Cal-Trans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Franklin Canyon Rd. and Alhambra Ave. A note to hikers: You can only access the main John Muir NHS property (not Mount Wanda) through the Visitor Center on Alhambra Avenue.


Suggested Reading

You may like to read "Son of the Wilderness, The Life of John Muir", written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Linnie Marsh Wolfe, which is required reading for all rangers and volunteers at John Muir NHS. The only book John Muir ever wrote for children is the story he told his two daughters around the dining room table. That story of a small black dog with a big curly tail and an even bigger heart is called: "Stickeen".


Books Written by Muir

Picturesque California 1888
Our National Parks 1901
E.H. Harriman 1911
The Yosemite 1912
Travels In Alaska 1915
Cruise Of The Corwin 1917
Mountains of California 1894
Stickeen 1909
My First Summer In The Sierra 1911
The Story Of My Boyhood And Youth 1913
A 1000-Mile Walk To The Gulf 1916
Steep Trails 1918

Last updated: May 31, 2017

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Mailing Address:

4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553


(925) 228-8860

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