• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.


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.

photo of Adolf Sutro at Sutro Heights

Adolph Sutro

Learn how this entrepreneur helped shape the landscape of 19th century San Francisco.

photo of John Muir

John Muir

Learn about one of the country's most influential conservationist and how he helped create the National Park Service.

photo of Major Dana Crissy

Major Dana Crissy

Learn about the daring pilot for whom Crissy Field is named.

illustration of Native American mother and child

Ohlones and Coast Miwoks

Learn about the American Indians who lived in this area.

photo of family of dairy farmers

Portuguese Dairy Farmers

Learn more about the hard-working dairy farmers who shaped the agricultural landscape of the Marin Headlands.

Phil Burton

Phillip Burton

Learn about the charismatic Congressman who helped create the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Did You Know?

Photo of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis).

Alcatraz Island is the site of a large colony of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), the gull species that inhabits the Oregon and California coast. Individuals mate for life and come together each year on Alcatraz to defend their historic territory and raise three chicks.