• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Water Conservation and Retention

Green restroom practices at Fort Point
Water is an important and limited resource in California. Conserving water and retaining rainwater not only saves a precious resource, but also reduces the energy used for treatment and transport. Golden Gate National Recreation Area uses several methods to conserve water.

Facilities throughout the park have low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets to decrease water usage. Laundry facilities at Cavallo Point Lodge use a state of the art water reclamation system that reduces water use by 65 percent. Land's End Lookout retains and treats storm water on site, reducing the impact of storm water runoff on municipal systems. At the Crissy Field Center, over 50 percent of water used to flush toilets is supplied by a 5,000 gallon rain catchment system. Alcatraz also uses a rainwater catchment system to water landscaping on the island.

Water also can be conserved by choosing drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation systems. Examples in the park include drought tolerant grass planted at Fort Baker to reduce watering during summer months, and an efficient irrigation system at the Great Meadow in Fort Mason that saves 20 percent of the annual water use. The Native Plant Nurseries managed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy also use water-efficient techniques for propagation.

Find water saving tips at the sustainability resources page.

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Did You Know?

Photo of gull head showing red spot on the lower portion of the beak.

The red dot on an adult gull’s lower mandible (beak) serves as a target for chicks to peck to inform their parent that they need feeding.