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 »
Artifacts and Archeological Collection at Golden Gate
Learning from Artifacts
Archeologists carefully study artifacts to learn about past people and their lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs. They study "material culture" which is the term for the objects and things past peoples created and left behind - buildings, tools, house wares, etc. But the artifact alone can't tell them everything. Archeology is about looking at the larger context, the whole picture of how an object was made and used in everyday life.
Alcatraz Tidepool Finds, c. 1982
Think like an archeologist!
Let's pretend that you are an archeologist and you were working at a historic native American Coast Miwok excavation site near Crissy Field. Great news: you have just uncovered a stone tool!
Please visit the Archeology at Golden Gate page to learn more about how the park manages its archeological resources.
Did You Know?
Golden Gate National Parks participates in the National Park Service Passport Program. Here in our park, we have 9 different cancellation stamps available at Alcatraz, Muir Woods NM, Marin Headlands, Fort Point NHS, Presidio, Fort Mason, Cliff House, Crissy Field Center and Fort Funston.