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 »
Flowers bloom most of the year at Golden Gate, but peak in the late winter, spring, and summer. Grasslands are usually the quickest to show color, with various forbs such as footsteps-of-spring, goldfields, and lomatium carpeting the fields with yellow and white. A few weeks later bulbs such as wild onion and brodiaea share their pink and purple hues with lucky visitors.
The park's scrublands also have many types of flowering plants. The sweet smell of coast blue blossom lets you know you have entered a chaparral area. The bright orange flowers of sticky monkey flower tip you off to bloom time on the coastal cliffs. Late summer bloomers include pearly everlasting and California aster. And don't forget the riparian species that grow along forest streams such as the scarlet and seep monkey flowers, bleeding heart, and columbine.
Cultivars of native plants have now become common in Bay area landscaping. You can see Douglas iris, California poppy, sea thrift, and seaside lavender gracing local flowerbeds. No matter where you are in the park, you will run into some wildflowers. And with the California floristic province being one of the most diverse in the country, you will have many new species to learn for years to come.
Did You Know?
The red dot on an adult gull’s lower mandible (beak) serves as a target for chicks to peck to inform their parent that they need feeding.