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Interesting places to see around Olancha

Attractions near Olancha

Lone Pine is in Inyo County, California.  It is located 16 miles south-southwest of Independence.  The town is located in the Owens Valley near the Alabama hills.  It is a high desert climate by hot summers and cold winters.  January temperatures range from middle fifties to upper twenties.  July temperatures range from upper nineties to lower sixties.  Snowfall averaging 5 inches annually.

Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation - On April 20, 1937 the reservation was established through a land exchange between the Department of the Interior and the City of Los Angeles. The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation is located at an elevation of 3,697 feet above sea level in the southern portion of the Owens Valley between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Inyo Mountain Ranges, approximately 200 miles north of Los Angeles and 60 miles south of Bishop. Climatic conditions are typical of Southern California semi-arid high desert regions with hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters. Annual precipitation averages less than 5 inches and occurs primarily as rain during the winter months. Occasional light snowfalls can occur. The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation has a Tribal population of approximately 350 residents and consists of 237.4 acres of land near the community of Lone Pine, California.

Manzanar National Historic Site-The Manzanar National Historic Site (formerly the Manzanar War Relocation Center), a Japanese American Internment camp during World War II, is located on Highway 395 north of Lone Pine and south of Independence.  Manzanar (which means "apple orchard" in Spanish) is the best-known of the ten camps in which Japanese Americans, both citizens (including natural-born Americans) and resident aliens, were encamped during World War II.  Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps by the United States National Park Service which maintains and is restoring the site as a U.S. National Historic Site.

Lone Pine Film History Museum - highlights the area's frequent appearances inHollywood feature films.  The Alabama Hills west of town are frequently used as a filming location for Western movies.  Lone Pine has played host to hundreds of the industry's best known directors and actors, among them directors William Wyler, John Ford, George Stephens, and William Wellman, and actors John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, and Jeff Bridges.  The Whitney Portal road was used in the 1941 film High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart.  Lone Pine is also the location of several scenes in the Iron Man depicting Afghanistan filmed in 2008. The Forum Theater is a theater-cafe that hosts live music, theater, and films on the weekends.  The Lone Pine Film Festival has been held every year since 1990 to celebrate the rich heritage that film makers have brought to the area over the years.


Sierra Nevada - "Methusselah" is more than 4,800 years old, and one of the oldest living trees on earth and is in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest on the other side of California in Inyo County.  "Methusselah" was 4,789 years old  when sampled by in 1957 by Edmund Schulman and Tom Harlan with an estimated germination date of 2832 BC.  Several walking trails depart from the Schulman Grove Visitor Center that allow the public to explore these ancient, living marvels.  The Methusselah LoopTrail is 4.5 miles long and climbs over 200 vertical feet and winds up and around a hillside of the ancient trees.  Another longer trail takes you through another grove. Past the Shulman Grove, the road is dirt and leads to the Patriarch Grove.  This ancient grove of trees sits at 2,900-3,000 m (9,500-9,800 ft) above sea level in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains within the Inyo National Forest.

Locally we have the Olancha RV park, where you can rent a tee-pee to stay in and there is now a wonderful cafe with delicious food (ask for their 'date shakes'...yummm!) Address: 1075 HWY 395 Olancha,  CA 93549

​phone: 760-764-0023

Right down the highway from the RV park is the Ranch House Cafe, also known for it's excellent food and service. phone: 760-764-2363

Then of course the biggest site/attraction to see that is nearby is Death Valley National Park! Lots to see there for sure!!


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