Tunnel to Marin Headlands Closed
The tunnel on Bunker Road from Alexander Avenue in Sausalito towards the Marin Headlands is closed for construction. Please follow the detour signs to Conzelman Road (just above the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge) to go up over the hill. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) parking lot closed June-November 2013
Muir Beach parking lot will be closed from June-November 2013 due to construction. Restrooms or nearby parking will not be available at Muir Beach during this period. 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 »
Golden Gate's boundaries extend about a quarter mile offshore and are continguous with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, making not only the land but the ocean waters of the park protected. Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (a different agency within the Department of Commerce), a myriad of sea life pass through the sanctuary.
Gray whales follow the continental shelf 35 miles offshore. Pacific gray whales travel south to Baja each fall to give birth to their young, and journey northward to
As one stares out at the often gray and choppy seas off the coast, you wonder if the late Dr. Edgar Wayburn and other conservationists were thinking about ocean protection in the midst of their efforts to establish the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The seabirds, whales, reef organisms, kelp dwellers, and sandy bottom invertebrates and fish that abound off of the Golden Gate are so plentiful here because of a strong upwelling zone where deep nutrients are brought to the surface for multitudes of plankton (the basis of the marine food chain) to feed on. Golden Gate has recently been recognized as a national marine protected area.
Listen to podcasts and audio slide shows about great white sharks, Humboldt squid, and elephant seals and experience the wonders of the deep.
Did You Know?
Even if California and the West gets more rainfall with global warming, earlier snow melt and hotter summers will likely produce more drought stress, increasing susceptibility to pathogens and invasive species.