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 »
Nike Missile Site
Welcome to SF-88!
During the tense years from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile firing batteries in the United States. These missile sites were emplaced as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. Today, a dedicated group of volunteers works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the continuous task of restoration at site SF-88, which has been turned into a museum. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It's a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close.
You can visit SF-88 during the week, Thursday through Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm. A guided walk begins from the Testing and Assembly Building at 12:45, 1:45, and 2:30 pm. On the guided walk you will be able to see the tools of the Cold War up close. Please note that the site is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
On the first Saturday of every month we hold an open house, where docents, some of them Nike veterans-tell stories about real life experience at Nike missile sites.
SF-88 is open Thursday through Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The site is closed during wet weather for your safety. Please note that the site is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
During the first Saturday of every month we have an open house with volunteers and Nike Veterans interpreting each of the areas on the base.
If you're coming from the South:
NIKE Missile Site
Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Did You Know?
Megafossils (fossils that can be observed with the unaided eye) are rare in Franciscan Complex rocks, but the rocks of “The Rock,” Alcatraz, have yielded significant examples.