Things To Do
Visitor Center and Muir/Strentzel Home
Begin your exploration of John Muir's life and legacy at the visitor center, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, California. Watch the 20-minute film, A Glorious Journey, to gain an in-depth view of Muir's contributions to conservation. You may explore the Muir/Strentzel house and the grounds on your own. Directions to the park.
Join a Ranger for a 1 hour tour of the final resting place of John Muir. Learn about Muir’s burial and the family members that are buried here with him as you stroll amongst the heritage trees that are nestled around the small 1.25 acre site. Tours meet at the John Muir NHS Visitor Center every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm. *Reservations are encouraged as there are limited seats! Call (925)228-8860 x0. Note: There is uneven ground at the site, and no amenities, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Conditions can get muddy and heavy rain will cancel the tour.
Ranger ProgramsJoin a ranger or docent-led tour of the first floor of the Strentzel-Muir House all week at 2 p.m., with additional 11 a.m. tours on Saturdays and Sundays. If you'd like a tour of the grounds, please refer to the Cell Phone Tour information below. If you need to schedule a large group tour, please call (925) 228-8860.
Cell Phone Tour of Grounds
Take a self-guided cell phone tour of the park grounds. Numbered wooden posts located on walking paths contain the phone number to dial as well as sequential stop numbers. There are no cell stops inside of the Muir home, but rangers or volunteers can answer any questions you have. Also, we provide guided tours of the bottom floor of the Muir home at 2 PM each day.
The Martinez Adobe, located on the western edge of John Muir's historic orchards, features bilingual exhibits for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Come learn the story of the Anza Expedition, when Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led 240 men, women and children up the California coast in 1775. For more information, vist the Juan Buatista de Anza website.
Mount Wanda Hiking and ExploringNamed after his eldest daughter, Mt. Wanda is 326 acres of oak woods and grasslands. The Muir family never used it for fruit production, but as an escape for the daughters to take nature walks with “Papa”.
Explore the hills where John Muir hiked with his two daughters, Wanda and Helen. Mount Wanda is open daily sunrise to sunset. Please come prepared, as no water or toilet facilities are available. Pets are permitted on a leash. Bicycles and horses are allowed on fire roads only. To access Mt. Wanda, travel ¼ mile south from the visitor center on Alhambra Avenue to the trail head parking lot next to Franklin Canyon Road.
PicnickingEnjoy a picnic atop Mount Wanda or beneath the shade of redwood and pecan trees in John Muir's historic orchards. It is required for all groups to take any supplies or trash with them when they leave.
Seasonal wildflower walks, camp fire programs, bird walks and full moon walks are available on Mt. Wanda. Check the "Features" section on the Home page of our website for current seasonal tour information, or call the park for more information at: (925) 228-8860.
Become a Junior Ranger
Children of all ages - and children at heart - can obtain a Junior Ranger activity booklet from the front desk. Complete the booklet to earn your official Junior Ranger badge!
Last updated: July 18, 2018