The purpose of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is to offer national park experience to a large and diverse urban population while preserving and interpreting its outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) includes under its management two additional National Park Areas--Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument. It is administered by the National Park Service under the Department of the Interior. One of the most visited units of the National Park system, GGNRA has over 14.5 million visitors a year and is one of the largest urban parks in the world. GGNRA is not one continuous locale, but rather an anthology of areas that encompasses three counties (San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo). The park is as diverse as it is expansive; and contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, and the Marin Headlands. GGNRA also contains significant historical and natural resources, which include: 3 Nike missile sites, 11 decommissioned Army and military fortifications, and 1,273 plant and animal species that cover 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park. Of the 36 federally listed threatened and endangered species found within Golden Gate National Recreation Area's legislative boundaries only 25 are found within lands managed by the National Park Service.
Statistics including Muir Woods and Fort Point:
Major Park Partners
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Point Bonita YMCA
Marine Mammal Center
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Headlands Center for the Art
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 8th Congressional District
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, 12th Congressional District
U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, 6th Congressional District
Did You Know?
Mélange underlies much of Golden Gate and is a mixture of rocks created by tectonic activity in and near a subduction zone.