Things To Do

The Muir/Strentzel home in Martinez, California.
 

 
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John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center
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. Click here for directions.

 
Ranger speaks to visitors next to the great Sequoia Tree.
Ranger Matt Holmes gives guided tour of Muir grounds

Ranger Programs

Join 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.
 
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Our cell phone tour network is provided by "OnCell"

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 sits among trees and a park bench.
The Martinez Adobe at the John Muir National Historic Site

Martinez Adobe

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, visit www.nps.gov/juba. (Link)

 
Male ranger hiking up a hill on Mount Wanda
Ranger Tad Shay on Mount Wanda at John Muir National Historic Site

Mount Wanda Hiking and Exploring

Named 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. Trail map of Mount Wanda.
 
Trees in the orchard at the John Muir NHS
Picnic tables at John Muir NHS

Picnicking

Enjoy 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.
 
Illustration. "Full Moon Walks" poster with trees and a large moon.

Seasonal Programs

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.

 
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Junior Ranger book at John Muir NHS
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: June 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone:

(925) 228-8860

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