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 »
There are a variety of documents that guide management of the GGNRA. Many documents, like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are legal requirements. Others, like the park's General Management Plan and Superintendent's Compendium, are formal documents that create a "contract" between the GGNRA and the public and are specific to the park. Director's and Superintendent Orders direct how how all NPS units will operate.
The below information will help give you an idea of how the park operates and fulfills its mission.
Did You Know?
It takes about 1,000 years of radiolarian “rain” to produce a layer of ribbon chert just one millimeter thick.