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 »
Click on any of the links to learn about the various different individuals and groups of people who have shaped the history and culture of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Learn how this entrepreneur helped shape the landscape of 19th century San Francisco.
Learn about one of the country's most influential conservationist and how he helped create the National Park Service.
Learn about the daring pilot for whom Crissy Field is named.
Learn about the American Indians who lived in this area.
Learn more about the hard-working dairy farmers who shaped the agricultural landscape of the Marin Headlands.
Learn about the charismatic Congressman who helped create the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Did You Know?
California could see more than 50 percent more large wildfires in this century due to global warming and its consequenses.