Tunnel to Marin Headlands Closed
The tunnel on Bunker Road from Alexander Avenue in Sausalito towards the Marin Headlands is closed for construction. Please follow the detour signs to Conzelman Road (just above the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge) to go up over the hill. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) parking lot closed June-November 2013
Muir Beach parking lot will be closed from June-November 2013 due to construction. Restrooms or nearby parking will not be available at Muir Beach during this period. 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 »
Entrance Fee at Muir Woods National Monument to Increase
Contact: National Parks, Alexandra Picavet, , (415)786-8021
Contact: State Parks, Danita Rodriguez, , (707)769-5665
Marin County, CA--The entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument will increase from $5 to $7 on January 1, 2012. The change in fees is a result of collaboration between the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service to keep open California State Parks within Golden Gate National Recreation Area's (GGNRA) boundary, Samuel P. Taylor and Mt. Tamalpais, and to support projects that are beneficial to both federal and state park lands near Muir Woods. A new $2 state park fee will be collected simultaneously with the current $5 federal fee for visitors 16 years old and older who do not hold one of the designated Federal Lands or State Park Passes.
Earlier this year the California State Parks Department announced the closure of 70 of its 278 state parks due to budget cuts. One of these parks - Samuel P. Taylor - is within the boundaries of GGNRA.The possible closure of State Parks within GGNRA boundaries is a serious concern for the National Park Service because the closures could result in increased visitor demand on our lands, and could also threaten the condition of cultural resources and natural resources shared by the state and national parks."Muir Woods, Golden Gate, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park are inextricably linked in the complex watershed of Redwood Creek," Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Superintendent Frank Dean remarked.
January 1, 2012, GGNRA will begin collecting a $2 State Park fee at the entrance to Muir Woods that will go directly to California State Parks in recognition of the heavy use their lands see as the access point for Muir Woods, including all of the parking for the Woods, and the many hiking trails beyond the Woods that are accessed through the NPS lands.
All participants in the Federal Interagency Pass Program, America the Beautiful, and holders of Muir Woods NM Annual Passes will continue to enter Muir Woods NM with no extra cost. Six of the California State Parks passes qualify to waive the $2 fee, but do not affect the $5 federal fee. Those six passes are:
"Increasing the fee at Muir Woods has its drawbacks, especially as we continue to strive to reach wider audiences and welcome more visitors," remarked Frank Dean,"but still it is worth making a modest increase if that means we can keep other important park resources and experiences in Marin open and protected."
For more information about the agreement between NPS and California State Parks visit www.nps.gov/muwo and follow the links.
Did You Know?
Geologists sometimes call Franciscan pillow basalt “greenstone” because it contains green minerals formed in an interaction between the basalt and hot, mineral-rich seawater.