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 following links to learn about the many different historic places at Golden Gate.
Learn about the history of Fort Baker, a 1905 military post located in the Marin Headlands.
Learn more about this historic army post and its powerful guns constructed along the Pacific Coast.
Learn about Fort Cronkhite, a World War II cantonment located in the Marin Headlands.
Learn more about the park's architectural history and learn to identify the buildings' various architectural styles.
Learn more about this Civil War post that was also the headquarters for the San Francisco Port of Embarkation.
Learn more about this National Historic Landmark that was first established by the Spanish in 1776 as a military base, then a Mexican out-post and finally a United States army post.
Learn more about the colorful past of this island which includes a Civil War citadel, an army prison, a federal penitentiary and now a part of the National Park Service.
Learn more about one of the world's only old-growth coastal redwood forest.
Learn more about the site in Pacifica where Spain's Gaspar de Portola first discovered the San Francisco Bay.
Did You Know?
This old military road above Battery Townsley is part of a huge rotational slump. It began to slide in 1984.