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

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July 01, 2014
Plan Ahead for Park Activities During Fourth of July Holiday 2014 at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is expecting crowds and heavy use of beaches, parking lots, trails, and historic sites this Fourth of July. The National Park Service would like to pass on these tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

May 28, 2014
Volunteers at Fort Miley Will Build a Brand New Trail—The Veteran’s Trail—Connecting the Veterans Affairs Medical Center A to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. National Trails Day, organized by the American Hiking Society, is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. In the Golden Gate National Parks, the Trail Stewardship team—and our partner organizations, American Hiking Society, and Coastal Conservancy—will host a series of trail projects throughout the park in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

May 27, 2014
Interim Permit Requirement for Commercial Dog Walking in GGNRA and the Presidio
On May 27, Golden Gate National Recreation (GGNRA) in coordination with the Presidio Trust, put into effect an interim permit requirement for commercial dog walkers on lands administered by the National Park Service in Marin and San Francisco counties. This interim permit requirement will remain in effect until a final special regulation addressing dog walking and commercial dog walking in GGNRA is completed, in late 2015.

May 06, 2014
Missing Children’s Day
Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio to Participate in National Missing Children's Day with a Child Safety Event

April 25, 2014
Final General Management Plan/EIS is now Available
The National Park Service announced the completion of the General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island, and Muir Woods National Monument. This plan is the culmination of several years of effort involving the thoughtful input and participation of thousands of individuals, dozens of public agencies, and numerous outside organizations and stakeholder groups. This plan replaces the 1980 general management plan.The GMP does not address specific management issues, such as dog management or equestrian operations. Those uses have specific planning processes with public involvement and documentation.

April 21, 2014
Changes to Ocean Beach Fire Program - Revised Pilot Program Proposed
The National Park Service is proposing changes, including a new curfew at 9:00PM, to the beach fire program at Ocean Beach to address the persistent unsafe conditions stemming from the activity. The revised program is proposed to be implemented starting Memorial Day weekend (May 23, 2014) and continue through Labor Day (September 1, 2014). A complete description of the revised program and the reasons why this action is being proposed can be found on the internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/oceanbeachfires.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Golden Gate National Parks creates $471 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that in 2012 the 17 million visitors to Golden Gate National Parks comprised of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Point National Historic Site and Muir Woods National Monument, spent $471 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,300 jobs in the local area, mostly in the hospitality and retail industries. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.


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