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 »
In 1897 the United States Army established Fort Baker (Point Military Reservation) to house officers and their families to support the many seacoast defense batteries: Ridge Battery (1871), Battery Cavallo (1872), Battery Spencer (1897), Battery Duncan (1900), Battery Kirby (1900), Orlando-Wagner (1901), Battery Yates (1905), and various Mine Depots.
In the late 1800’s - a more peaceful time - the U.S. Army focused on improving the soldiers’ quality of life by improving architecture design and medical facilities. These facilities include: The Parade Ground, Post Hospital, Steward’s Quarters, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Quarters, Officers Quarters, Commanding Officers Quarters, Post Headquarters, Artillery Barracks, Post Exchange and Gymnasium (a bowling alley addition), Guardhouse, Storage and Mechanical building, and Regimental Chapel.
During the Military Occupancy many temporary buildings were constructed and many demolished. You can find general information by viewing the Fort Baker brochure or view the Fort Baker History Walk brochures "Innovations in Army Post Life" and "Horseshoe Cove: A Water Haven on San Francisco Bay".
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.