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 »
Beach Fire and Campfire Regulations
Beach fires are only permitted in the park-provided fire rings at Muir Beach and Ocean Beach.
Campfires are permitted only at the Kirby Cove Campground & Picnic Area in the fire grills provided by the park. Either wood or charcoal may be burned in these grills.
Only liquid fuel stoves are permitted in Haypress Campground, Hawk Campground and Bicentennial Campground.
Charcoal fires are permitted in fixed grills provided by the park or visitor-provided portable barbecues in established picnic areas, in the Kirby Cove Campground, or at Muir and Ocean beaches unless signed or prohibited otherwise.
During very hot, dry weather conditions, "Spare the Air" days, strong winds, and extreme fire danger days or by order of the Superintendent, fires of any type may not be allowed anywhere in the park. All beach fire permits will become null and void. Visitors may call the park communication center to check on current conditions.
Charcoal fire regulations
Charcoal fires are permitted in fixed grills provided by the park or visitor-provided portable barbecues in established picnic areas, in the Kirby Cove Campground, or at Muir and Ocean beaches unless signed or prohibited otherwise. Debris burning is not permitted. Grill/Stove fire coals must be extinguished and disposed of in receptacles provided by the park.
Park-provided charcoal grills may be found at the following picnic areas:
Only liquid fuel stoves are permitted in Haypress Campground, Hawk Campground and Bicentennial Campground. Campers staying at Bicentennial Campground may use charcoal in the barbecue grills in the nearby Battery Wallace picnic area.
Beach fire regulations
Beach fires are only permitted in:
In response to beachgoers' concerns that beach fires were leaving unsafe debris on the beach, as well as concerns of smoke blowing into neighborhood homes, Golden Gate National Recreation Area initiated a public process to consider the future of fires on Ocean Beach.
Instead of banning fires, several organizations joined together in a creative partnership to install artistic fire rings on portions of the beach away from neighborhood homes. Those organizations, Surfrider Foundation, Burners Without Borders, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, are working with Golden Gate National Recreation Area to allow fires to continue.
Burners Without Borders has donated artistic fire rings so that fires can be physically contained. Surfrider, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are organizing beach cleanups to keep Ocean Beach clean and safe for both humans and wildlife.
You can help keep Ocean Beach fires alive by following these simple rules:
Other regulations pertaining to Ocean Beach
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is committed to universal access for all visitors. The new fire rings at Ocean Beach have the following accessibility provisions:
If you have questions or comments about beach fires and other issues affecting Ocean Beach, please e-mail the park or call (415) 561-4741.
Did You Know?
The Pacific West Region of the National Park Service has a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2016, the centennial of the Park Service.