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 »
Golden Gate National Recreation Area produces and distributes over 350,000 publications every year. Including our official park publications provided to you are additional information on each of our park sites and maps of the area. If you need any further information feel free to contact us. Thanks.
Fort Baker (Updated June 2011)
Learn about Fort Baker, the last military site in the San Francisco Bay Area that was transferred to Golden Gate National Parks. Find out its early history and what you can see during your visit.
Click here to download a zipped file of the audio described Fort Point Brochure onto your computer; once it has downloaded, extract the files in your file browser.
Sweeney Ridge (Updated December 2007)
Learn about the discovery of the San Francisco by the Portola expedition in 1796. A map of the Sweeney Ridge area will help guide you to the same location in San Mateo County.
Buffalo Soldiers (Updated December 2007)
This brochures is about the story of the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco during the 1860s. These African-American were also the first National Park Service rangers for Yosemite National Park.
Buffalo Soldiers in California (Upated 2008)
This brochure describes the Buffalo Soldiers' route through California and three National Parks: The Presidio of San Francisco, Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon.
Camping at Golden Gate (Updated 2013)
Learn about how you can reserve a campsite at Golden Gate National Parks. There are five popular sites, including Kirby Cove. Additional information on other nearby facilities for RV and tents are also provided.
Cliff House & Sutro Baths (Updated December 2007)
Explore the history of the famous San Francisco landmarks, the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. Learn the history of this seaside retreat brought by Adolph Sutro.
Mori Point (Updated December 2007)
Information about one of the newest additions to the GGNRA. Learn the history of Mori Point, located near Pacifica, California.
As one of the greatest diversity of birds of any urban park in the world, with over 200 species identified on the Presidio.
Learn about the natural history of the Presidio a story of both change and constancy.
Click here to download a zipped file of the audio described Natural Presidio Brochure onto your computer; once it has downloaded, extract the files in your file browser.
Click here to download a zipped file of the audio described Volunteers-In-Parks Brochure onto your computer; once it has downloaded, extract the files in your file browser.
Wildflowers of Golden Gate
Click here to download a zipped file of the audio described Under Three Flags Brochure onto your computer; once it has downloaded, extract the files in your file browser.
Explore Milagra Ridge, one of the last wildlife refuge areas located in San Mateo County and take in breathtaking coastal views of the Pacific.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
Protecting the Snowy Plover
The 1915 World's Fair
Wildflowers of Marin
1906 Earthquake: The U. S. Army's Role
The Lights of Fort Point
This brochure tells two poignant and sadly ironic home front stories of World War II. Within a half mile on the Presidio, the army ordered the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry, even while training Japanese American soldiers at a secret military language school.
This brochure illustrates 24 of the many insects on the Presidio and discusses how they are tied to their plant hosts.
Did You Know?
Seabirds such as gulls, cormorants, and other seabirds can drink salt water? Excess salt is then excreted through a “salt gland” located near their eyes.