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 »
Select any of the following links to learn more about Golden Gate’s various themes and stories.
Learn how in 1969, a group of American Indians occupied Alcatraz to highlight their protest against the government's policies.
The 1915 World's Fair
San Francisco Port of Embarkation
Learn how first Spain, then Mexico and then the United States fortified the Bay against enemy invasion.
Learn about the social, environmental and political forces that helped create this park.
Marin Headlands Agriculture
Learn how African American Infantry and Cavalry troops protected California's National Parks during the early 1900's.
The State Belt Railroad
Learn how this 1859 duel played a role in the Civil War and how Fort Mason was home to San Francisco's anti-slavery movement.
Learn about the historic footrace that crosses through the park.
Did You Know?
Muir Woods National Monument was the first National Monument created from a private land donation and the first created in an urban area.