In 1942, the U.S. government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Manzanar is just six miles south of the Winnedumah Hotel, along Interstate-395. The National Park Service and former incarcerates have worked to protect Manzanar and to establish it as a National Historic Site to be preserved and interpreted for generations to come.
The mission of the Museum, which was founded in 1928, is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. In addition to those artifacts, the Museum houses some 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region, the majority of which date from the late 1800s through the 1950s. The museum is open daily and weekends, except for holidays and admission is free. The museum is located just a couple blocks from the hotel.
The Alabama Hills stretch out for miles and are just 18 miles south of the Winnedumah Hotel. Acting as the set for popular western films such as Lone Ranger, Rawhide, High Sierra, Gunga Din, and How the West was Won, as well as modern movies such as Gladiator, Django Unchained, Iron Man, Man of Steel, and Star Trek. Stop by the Museum of Western Film to pick up a free map of iconic filming locations. The Alabama Hills are one of the most visited sites in California. The Mobius and Lathe arch are just a few of the incredible rock formations that draw thousands of tourists to the hills every year.
This museum is a wonderful compliment to Lone Pine’s history, only 16 miles south of the Winnedumah Hotel. It features an expansive display of local movie history with exhibits, movie posters, costumes, saddles, & movie vehicles such as vintage cars and wagons. Over 400 movies have been made in the area. There is an 85 seat theatre that shows a 15 minute film on film history in this area, as well as a gift shop.
At 14,505 feet (4,421 meters), Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the lower 48 states. It is just 84 miles from Badwater in Death Valley, the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. The summit is the southern end of the John Muir Trail, which runs 211.9 miles from Yosemite Valley. Mt. Whitney is west of Lone Pine on Highway 395 and is most easily accessed by the Whitney Portal Trailhead (8,365 feet), 13 miles east of Lone Pine and 28 miles from the Winnedumah Hotel.
Majestic scenery and challenging trails draw explorers to the Onion Valley area for hiking and horseback riding. The valley includes Kearsarge Pass, Robinson Lake and Golden Trout Lakes Trailheads, which access several alpine lakes and mountain peaks within the John Muir Wilderness. Onion Valley is also known for exceptional trout fishing, anglers can try for rainbow, brown, brook and Alpers trout in Robinson Lake and a nearby creek. Situated at an elevation of 9,200 feet, lovely wildflowers color the landscape in late spring and early summer. The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear,mountain lions, mule deer, pine martin, pika and many species of fish and birds. The hotel is situated only 13 miles from the trail head.
The Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery is a few miles north of Independence on Highway 395. The fish hatchery has played an important role in the preservation of the golden trout, California’s state fish. When construction was completed in 1917, it was the largest and best equipped hatchery in California and could produce 2 million fish fry per year. While fish production at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery was eliminated in 2007 as a result of a fire and consequent mud slide, you can visit the hatchery grounds Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a wonderful spot for a picnic.
Set in a gorgeous canyon on Carroll Creek, De La Cour Ranch is a small pocket of private land surrounded by open space, just 25 miles south of the Winnedumah Hotel. With BLM land to the east, and Forest Service land every other direction. At 5,500 feet elevation, the farm overlooks the Owens Valley and Inyo Mountains to the east, and to the west, the vertical granite of the Sierra Crest. De La Cour Ranch is an organic lavender farm nestled at the base of the Mighty Sierra, just above the small town of Lone Pine, California. Visitors can enjoy spectacular mountain views while immersed in the sublime aroma of our English and French varieties. De La Cour’s Innovative Eco-farm includes farm animals, vegetable gardens, unique composting operation and comprehensive permaculture practices.