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 »
A Troubled Future for Golden Gate?
The effects of global warming are more uncertain here in the coastal environment of California than in the continental interior or arctic regions. It is unknown if rainfall will increase or decrease, and if the coastal fog may be effected. However, if global warming progresses at predicted rates, sea level could rise three feet or more by the end of this century. Historic buildings, archaeological sites, and roads will be threatened.
In addition, as the Bay Area's microclimates and sensitive habitats experience new weather patterns, their plant and animal communities may be disrupted, leading to an influx of invasive species and diseases. Some native plants and animals--including rare species found no place else--may be unable to adapt and will disappear.
Here are the most likely changes that Golden Gate will experience in the coming decades.
•Coastal erosion and flooding will become more prevalent as sea level rises and winter storm severity and wave height increase.
•Coastal wind patterns will change, affecting upwelling and productivity as well as fog formation.
•The wildland fire season will increase in duration, and there will be more and larger fires.
•Plants will become more drought stressed as temperatures increase, even if rainfall also increases, leading to greater susceptibility to pathogens and invasive species.
Did You Know?
Golden Gate National Recreation Area works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust in Volunteer Management. These creative partners have widened the scope of diversity and taken the program to a higher level.