• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

History & Culture

The historic resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area include:

739 historic structures, including 5 National Historic Landmarks and 12 National Register Properties

9 documented cultural landscapes, including rural landscapes and dairy ranches

61 recorded archeological sites, including sites from the Spanish and Mexican periods

Native American History
Homeland of the Coastal Miwok and Ohlone people

Military History
The country's largest collection of military installations and fortifications, dating from 1776 through the Cold War

Objects and Artifacts
A collection of over 3 million historic objects, documents, images and specimens


Use the following links to learn more about our history and available resources:


Did You Know?

Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker

During World War II, Fort Baker’s Horseshoe Cove was home to the Mine Planting Depot, where soldiers loaded dynamite into electrically-triggered mines that were then arranged in the water just outside the Golden Gate Bridge.