The Golden Gate National Parks mission is to preserve and enhance the natural, historic and scenic resources of the lands north and south of the Golden Gate for the education, recreation and inspiration of people today and in the future. In the spirit of bringing national parks to the people, we reach out to a diverse urban community, promote the richness and breadth of the national park system to many who are experiencing a national park for the first time and foster broad-based public stewardship through various volunteer and partnership programs.
Click the links below to read the park's first General Management Plan, finalized in 1980; and the new General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, released in April 2014.
*No part of the GMP will be implemented until a final decision document, a Record of Decision, is approved by the Regional Director. It will be available on this site once the document has been signed.
To learn more about the park's vision for Interpretation & Education, download a copy of our latest Comprehensive Interpretive Plan:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1972 as part of a movement known as "Parks to the People." The park has grown into the largest national park unit in an urban area in this country, and includes under its management two additional NPS units-Fort Point NHS and Muir Wood NM. The park's lands are located in three counties-Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Upwards of 20 million people per year visit this remarkable park, located in the midst of a highly diverse metropolitan area of 7 million people.
The park includes world-renowned visitor destinations such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, as well as many other destination of regional and national import such as the Crissy Field, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Sweeney Ridge, and Mori Point. One of the largest collections of historic buildings of any national park can be found in the park, along with dozens of plants and animal species that are accorded state or federal protected status. The park is part of the United Nations-designated Golden Gate International Biosphere Reserve.
Partnership is one of the watchwords of the park, with a number of outstanding nonprofit organizations working with the park to make available a wide variety of programs. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the official support organization for the park, providing an extraordinary level of funds and assistance each year.
The park operates under Federal, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service policies and guidelines, in accordance with a General Management Plan (GMP) which was first published in 1980. The park GMP is currently undergoing revision to reflect new lands and responsibilities added since the park was established.
Park management includes a General Superintendent, Deputy General Superintendent, and a number of operating and administrative divisions. The park's budget includes annual federal appropriations, capital and special purpose project funding, fee funds, and donated funds. Park staffing is augmented by a high level of volunteerism, generally exceeding 350,000 hours of volunteer service per year.
Facts About Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
Muir Woods National Monument,
Fort Point National Historic Site
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Fort Point National Historic Site are managed by a General Superintendent and a shared Senior Staff. The legislative boundary of Golden Gate is 80,000 acres in the counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo, and includes much land managed by California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and San Francisco Public Utility Commission.
General Info About the Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established by Congress in 1972 to offer a national park experience to a diverse urban population, while preserving and interpreting the park's outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values. One of the largest urban parks in the world, GGNRA welcomes over 17 million visitors a year. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and Rancho Corral de Tierra. GGNRA also includes significant historical and natural resources and houses the largest museum collection in the National Park Service. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park.
FY 13 Stats
Acreage: Gross Area Acres Legislated: 80,624 (of which 20,000 are managed by NPS)
Visitation, including all three park units, excluding the Presidio:
Did You Know?
The Ocean Beach Esplanade and Seawall was built during the period 1916 to 1929. Designed by San Francisco’s Chief Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, the seawall was considered a great engineering feat.