MARTINEZ (KPIX) — The National Park Service has begun offering van tours to view John Muir’s grave after years of the site being off-limits to the public due to private property concerns.

Reservations are required to join one of the tours, which start at 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at Muir’s former home at 4202 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez. Visiting the site is free and a short walk is required.

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John Muir Grave

John Muir gravesite in Martinez. (National Park Service)

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To reserve a spot, call the John Muir National Historic Site at: (925) 228-8860.

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An acclaimed explorer, naturalist and author, Muir (1838-1914) was a seminal figure in the American conservation movement who co-founded the Sierra Club and helped preserve Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas in North America.