Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Be A Junior Ranger
Welcome to the Golden Gate National Parks. Here at Golden Gate, we only have three different opportunities for you to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. There is one at Muir Woods National Monument, one at the Marin Headlands, and the last is on Alcatraz Island. Feel free to download and print a copy of your Jr. Ranger booklet prior to your visit or pick one up at our visitor center. Enjoy!
Junior Ranger Activity Book—Alcatraz Island (PDF, 6 MB)
Explore the mysteries of one of the most famous prisons in the United States. Uncover the different layers of histories that can be found during your visit. Are you ready to take the oath to become an Alcatraz Jr. Ranger?
Junior Ranger Activity Book—Marin Headlands
Explore the wonders of nature in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about ocean ecology as well as the history of the inhabitants of years past, while taking up the oath to become a Jr. Ranger of the park.
Jr. Ranger Activity Book: Muir Woods NM
Did You Know?
California could see more than 50 percent more large wildfires in this century due to global warming and its consequenses.