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 »
Climate Change Tour
This multimedia tour shows how climate change may impact Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Each of eleven sites, indicated by map icons, focuses on specific threats through a combination of written summaries, photos, videos, GIS map layers you can turn on and off, and links to further information.
To take this tour, you must first have Google Earth (free) installed on your computer. You may then download the Climate Change Tour (7 MB KMZ file) onto your computer, and then double click the tour file to run the tour in Google Earth.
Click on the map icons or the tour items listed in the "Temporary Places" folder in the column to the left of the map. From there, you can explore the tour components by clicking on and off different sites and GIS layers. You may also click on the "GUIDED AUDIO TOUR" for a narated fly through version. Start your tour by selecting the Introduction icon (Park Service Arrowhead).
Did You Know?
The ornate skeletons of Radiolaria inspired the entrance design of the Paris World Exposition in 1900.