• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Beach Fire and Campfire Regulations

Beach fire regulations
Beach fires are only permitted at:

  • Muir Beach: Only three fire rings are available on the beach near the south end of the parking lot. Fires must be cleared and groups must vacate the beach by the end of the day-use hours (changes seasonally). Please call (415) 388-2595 for hours.

  • Ocean Beach: Only in the fire rings provided, between Stairwells 15 and 20. See below for more details.

Fires on Ocean Beach
IMPORTANT NOTE: On Friday, May 23, 2014 NPS announced the implementation of revisions to the existing fire program on Ocean Beach. Revisions were proposed because of the immense amount of NPS staff effort needed for maintaining a clean and safe beach as a result of the visitors who are non-compliant with the fire program rules and regulations.

To read the details of the changes NPS implemented please visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/oceanbeachfires

RULES FOR BEACH FIRES:

  • Fires are only allowed WITHIN the provided concrete fire rings. Any fires created outside of these rings are illegal.
  • NO GLASS OR ALCOHOL is allowed on the beach.
  • Fires must be out by 9:00 PM.
  • The parking lots at Ocean Beach close at 10:00 PM each night and are owned and managed by the City of San Francisco.
  • Fires are not allowed on "Spare the Air" days. When air pollution reaches unhealthy levels, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District notifies the public by declaring a "Spare the Air day." To find out if today is a "Spare the Air" day, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-800-HELP-AIR.
  • Fires must be extinguished with WATER ONLY. Bring a bucket to collect ocean water, or bring your own water. Covering the fire with sand only insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with sand.
  • Burn only untreated, unpainted wood.
  • Don't burn pallets or any wood containing nails or other hardware.
  • Bring your own firewood. Gathering, cutting or scavenging of firewood or kindling is not permitted at the beach or in the park. Locally grown firewood is best.
  • Burn Clean. Do not use accelerants such as lighter fluid, as they leave pollution and poisons in the sand and the air. Paper and kindling are preferred fire starter material.
  • Don't burn trash or debris. Most trash gives off pollution and poisonous gases.
  • Refuse must be removed from the beach. LEAVE NO TRACE.
  • Fires shall be attended at all times by a responsible adult (18 year of age or older).
  • Minors must be supervised by one person 21 or over for each 10 people under 18.
  • Groups of more than 25 people must obtain a permit by calling 415-561-4700. The administrative cost for the permit is $50.00.
  • Large-scale events may require more extensive review by National Park Service staff. If it is determined that your event will require extensive review, the administrative cost may be higher. Observe all posted regulations.

Volunteer Beach Cleanup Days
NPS offers a variety of opportunities to help clean Ocean Beach.

The 2nd Friday of each month join our Maintenance Division Volunteer leader:

  • Meet at 9:00 AM at Stairwell 17 (across from the Beach Chalet)
  • Clean up concludes around noon.
  • All supplies provided.
  • No RSVP necessary, just show up!
  • Have questions? Call Laura at 415-447-9376
The 3rd Saturday of each month join our Ocean Beach Interpretive Ranger:
  • Meet at 10:00 AM at Stairwell 17
  • Clean up concludes around noon.
  • All supplies provided.
  • Please click here to register.
  • Have questions? Call 415-561-4751
Groups are always welcome to schedule their own cleanup day as well. Contact either phone number listed above for more details.

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Universal Access

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:

  • Future accessible parking spaces, beach route and fire rings located at Stairwells #15 & #16.
  • Visitors may reserve an all-terrain wheelchair as an assisted device. For more information, please contact Richard De La O, Accessibility Manager, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123.
Voice: (415) 561-4958

Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind or have speech disablities may utillize the following Federal Relay Service numbers:

(800) 877-8339 Federal Relay Service

(877) 877-6280 VCO

(877) 877-8982 Speech to Speech

(800) 845-6136 Spanish

(866) 893-8340 TeleBraille

Click here to email us at goga_accessibility@nps.gov

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.

 

Campfire regulations

  • Permitted only at the Kirby Cove Campground & Picnic Area in the fire grills provided by the park. Only wood or charcoal may be burned in these grills.
  • No gathering, cutting or scavenging of firewood or kindling is permitted in the park from any source. All firewood must be brought into the park
  • Chemically treated wood, painted wood, wood with nails or staples shall not be used in any fire.
  • Before departure, campfires must be completely extinguished with water, using the "drown, stir and feel" method.
  • 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.
 

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:

  • Baker Beach
  • Battery Wallace
  • China Beach
  • Kirby Cove
  • Rodeo Beach
  • Muir Beach

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.

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