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 »
Scrub is the name used for areas of low shrubs common along the
Chaparral is a specific type of scrubland that occurs along the California coast. The word chaparral comes from
Two plants in the snapdragon family provide some of the most showy wildflowers in the scrub, and attract hummingbird to which feed from their tube-shaped orange and red flowers. In wetter areas the pipevine swallowtail butterfly flits its blue wings among the vines that twine between the shrubs. Hillside morning glory, wild cucumber, and giant vetch trail over the shrubs with their light pink blooms. Blackberry, osoberry and twinberrry are a treat for wildlife and humans alike.
Did You Know?
Studies in the Franciscan Complex in the San Francisco area were instrumental in providing scientists with an understanding of subduction processes and their geologic results.