• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

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    National Recreation Area California

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    Every year people drown in the surf off Northern California beaches - don't let it be you! Be extra alert on park beaches during the winter storm season. Do not turn your back on the shoreline and watch for extra powerful “sneaker” waves.

Lightscape / Night Sky

Winter Solstice celebration of dark night skies at Muir Woods

Winter Solstice celebration of dark night skies at Muir Woods

Dan Ng

Darkness is a valuable resource for visitors, and critical to the welfare of the park’s wildlife. High points in open areas within the park provide excellent opportunities to view the night sky. In particular, such areas that have little or no artificial lighting are sought by visitors to practice amateur astronomy close to home. Wildlife habitat is more valuable when unimpaired by artificial light. While high open areas in the park may provide opportunities to view the night sky, most of these locations are subject to light pollution from the surrounding Bay Area. Lighting within and adjacent to the park also reduce the darkness of the night sky. Wildlife habitat is impaired by artificial lighting.

The park is addressing protection of natural lightscapes within the General Management Planning process, and is taking steps to reduce light pollution within the park.

Did You Know?

Fort Mason dock area filled with army supplies

Fort Mason's San Francisco Port of Embarkation played a critical role during World War II. During the 45 months of war, 1,647,174 passengers and 23,589,472 measured tons of supplies were shipped out to the Pacific from here.