• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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GGNRA General Management Plan

The NPS is working on an update to the General Management Plan (GMP) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument and needs your help in imagining the future of these two parks.

These are your park lands. This is your opportunity to help create the vision for their future.

We encourage your participation to help create the vision and framework that will guide the management of the park for the next 20 years. It's been more than 30 years since the original GMP was put in place. Since then, the park has more than doubled in size and visitation, the ecological and historical importance of its resources has become better understood, and several properties have been added to the park in San Mateo County. Now it's time to look forward again - to see how we can best preserve the natural vitality and unique cultural history of our park lands and continue to make them great places for all of us to visit and enjoy.

The park will complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new GMP. You can follow the progress of the GMP by signing up for email updates or reviewing project documents online, when available.

The approved plan is expected to be ready for implementation in 2013.

Update September 2011:
We are pleased to present the Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods Monument for your review and comment (comment period opens on Sept. 9, 2011 and has been extended to December 9, 2011). We invite you to review the draft and share your thoughts with us, and let us know how it addresses your aspirations for the future of the park.

Prepared over the last five years, the draft plan contains various ideas for future management of the park. Some of these came from the public and park partners, and other build upon earlier successes or from lessons learned by day-to-day management of the park since 1972 as directed by the 1980 General Management Plan. We employed a rigorous planning process to explore a range of alternatives and create the National Park Service's preferred alternative which encompasses what we believe are the best ideas. The preferred alternative is described in chapters four (for Alcatraz), five (for Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties) and six (for Muir Woods). We hope you will give those chapters special attention.

We invite you to take this opportunity to help shape the future of the park by sending us your comments.

Click here for more information on the GMP including newsletters, timeline, management concepts, and any documents that are out for public review.

Collage of a bobcat, pelican, and horizontal photo of Golden Gate Bridge
The GGNRA is a resource that contributes
to this region’s greatness. On any given
day, it’s possible to stroll through the
majestic redwood trees of Muir Woods,
find respite from a busy urban area,
experience and learn about military
history, hike the coastal trail at Mori
Point, immerse yourself in history at
Alcatraz Island, or spot a red-tailed
hawk soaring in the Marin Headlands.

Did You Know?

Gen. Funston and other leaders meeting on a lawn at Fort Mason

Immediately after the San Francisco earthquake, on April 18, 1906, General Frederick Funston coordinated much of the emergency rescue and relief efforts directly out of his residence at Fort Mason.