Nearby Attractions


Outdoor Recreation

Inyo National Forest sign for the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center
Eastern Sierra Visitor Center
Lone Pine, CA

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National Park Service Sites

  • Death Valley National Park: Death Valley is 117 miles to the east of Manzanar. It is our largest park outside of Alaska at 3.4 million acres.
  • Yosemite National Park: Yosemite 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: Sequoia & Kinds Canyon 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: Devil's Postpile 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: Lone Pine, CA - This visitor center 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: This visitor center is about 53 miles north and east of Manzanar. These are the oldest living trees on earth.
  • Inyo National Forest: This 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: The Alabama Hills are a few miles west of Lone Pine. This scenic area of unique rock formations has been captured on film in numerous westerns.

Museums and Historic Interest

Eastern California Museum Sign outside building with bushes
Eastern California Museum
Independence, CA

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  • Eastern California Museum: Independence, CA - This museum displays exhibits and artifacts related to history of the area. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits on various topics related to the human experience.
  • Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site: Bishop, CA - Fifty miles north of Manzanar, the community of Laws exists today only as it is preserved at the Railroad Museum. Tour historic buildings and railcars. Learn about the age of narrow gauge in the Owens Valley.
  • Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and Museum: Bishop, CA - American Indians have inhabited this valley for thousands of years. Today, Paiute and Shoshone people call this area home. Learn about traditional life and cultural elements of these historic valley residents.
  • Bodie State Historic Park: Bridgeport, CA - Walk the deserted streets of one of America's best preserved ghost towns. About two and half hours north of Manzanar, this Historic Park was once a thriving gold mining town. It is now a unique slice of the American western landscape.
  • Maturango Museum: Ridgecrest, CA - Visit this museum of the cultural history, natural history, and geology of the Northern Mojave Desert. Contact them for details about their petroglyph tours.


Sign that says welcome to lone pine, Mt. Whitney Alabama Hills
Lone Pine, CA

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  • Independence, CA: Independence has been the seat of Inyo County since 1866 and the town still has a number of historic buildings including the courthouse, Winnedumah Hotel, and home of noted author Mary Austin. The town covers 4 square miles and is home to nearly 600 people. Not surprisingly, Independence is an ideal place to spend the 4th of July with a parade, town dance, barbecue, and fireworks.
  • Lone Pine, CA: Lone Pine was founded in the late 1860's to provide services and supplies to local mines including the Cerro Gordo and later to farmers and ranchers. The town was named for a single pine found at the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon, but a flood destroyed the tree before 1900. In 1872 a massive earthquake hit the area. A cemetery for the victims is located at the north end of town. Currently Lone Pine has a population of nearly 2000 people. The town's largest event is the Lone Pine Film Festival which takes place every October. The festival celebrates decades of Hollywood coming to the Owens Valley to take advantage of the unique landscape.
  • Big Pine, CA: Gateway to the lakes and high country surrounding the Palisade Glacier, as well as the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Death Valley National Park and the nations highest sand dunes at Eureka Valley.
  • Bishop, CA: Surrounded by the 14,000' peaks of the majestic Sierra Nevada and White Mountains, Bishop teams with summer and winter activities. Camping, fishing, climbing, and golfing are a few of the activities that await you. Visit the Cultural Center of the Bishop Paiute, and Laws Railroad Museum. As the largest town in the Owens Valley, Bishop offers a large variety of eating, shopping, and lodging options.
  • Ridgecrest, CA: At the southern end of Owens Valley, Ridgecrest awaits you to explore Death Valley National Park, Trona Pinnacles, China Lake Museum of Armament and Technology, and the Maturango Museum.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

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Manzanar National Historic Site
P.O. Box 426
5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526


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