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Independence California

Located just 80 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off US-395, Independence is a small community that packs big access to many popular area tourist attractions, including Mt Whitney, The John Muir Wilderness, and Manzanar National Historic Site. Read More

  • Independence is located about 80 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off US-395.
  • The city boasts close access to many popular outdoor recreation destinations including the John Muir Wilderness and the Ancient Bristlecone Pines.
  • It’s only about ninety minutes away from Mammoth Lakes.


Set against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Independence, California is a great place to stay while you enjoy the areas many outdoor recreation destinations and popular historical attractions.


Independence is located in the Owens Valley in Inyo County California off US – 395.


Independence is a very small community with a population of around 600 full time residents. Lodging is limited to a few motels. Restaurant choices are limited.


Independence is located close to a variety of outdoor recreation destinations including Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, the John Muir Wilderness, Mammoth Lakes, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pines which the oldest known trees in the world. Popular activities include hiking, fishing, camping, and backpacking.


While in Independence make sure to visit the Manzanar National Historic Site. This preserved internment camp stands in remembrance of over 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned there during World War II. Independence is also home to the Eastern California Museum which includes unique exhibits including the artistry of local Owens Valley Indians, as well as two historic home sites.

Getting Here

To reach Independence from Mammoth Lakes, take US-395 south for approximately 80 miles.