• 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.

Climate Change

View of Fort Point and Golden Gate Bridge
Photo credit to Drew Shinnick

As a result of global warming, our Earth's changing climate will continue to profoundly alter national parks including Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Extreme heat waves, droughts, more wildland fires, coastal flooding and erosion, and other forms of habitat destruction are among possible scenarios in the coming decades.

The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Recreation Area are taking action to reduce our greenhouse gas contributions, to educate staff and visitors about the problem and its solutions, and to develop new land management strategies in the face of coming changes.

Here at Golden Gate, we address these issues in a Climate Change Action Plan. The 20-year plan has three concrete objectives:

1) Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2) Educating the public (and ourselves)

3) Monitoring climate change and adapting to its effects

The Action Plan has a major component designed specifically for visitors who come to the Park in person or visit on-line. It's called DO YOUR PART! At the DO YOUR PART PARKS! web site you can join many other park visitors and stewards in confronting this world-wide threat by taking action to reduce your carbon footprint to protect your favorite parks.

Read more about the overall National Park Service response to climate change at the NPS Climate Change website.

Find out how other national parks are affected by climate change.

Learn about the most likely changes that will occur at Golden Gate in the future.

Explore the causes of global warming and climate change and find links to science resources.

Did You Know?

Graywacke sandstone and shale beds

Graywacke sandstone is a common rock at Golden Gate and was deposited on the deep sea floor by underwater landslides called turbidites.