Plan Your Visit


Welcome to Golden Gate National Recreation Area!

Plan on spending at least a few hours in thepark, exploring the scenic drives or particular points of interest. If time permits, you could take a longer hike, participate in a Junior Ranger program, recreate in one of our picturesque sites or consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about these special places. Guided walks and tours occur at various locations.

When are the visitor centers and sites open?
Visit the Operating Hours and Season page.

How do I get to your park?
Visit our Directions and Transporations page.

What park maps are available for visitors?
Visit the Maps page.

Does the park charge entrance fees?
Visit the Fees & Passes page to find out what park fees you should expect.

What kind of activities can I do in the park?
Visit the Things to Do page for suggested activities, for whether you have just a few hours or for the whole day. Visit our Brochures page to learn more about the park before your visit. Visit the easy to use Transit &Trails website that provides directions to walking, hiking, car and/or bus to any trail systems in the park.

What are the upcoming events that I could attend?
Visit our Calendar page for more information about upcoming events, programs, and fee free days at Muir Woods National Monument.

What organizations have programs in the park?
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) partners with many different organizations in order to provide visitors with programs, services and experiences that enable them to enjoy outdoor recreation and learn about environmental and cultural resources. The park strives to nurture, extend and perfect its collaborations in order to enhance visitor opportunities. As a result, GGNRA is home to some of the most interesting and effective partner programs in the National Park Service, to learn more about park partners, click this link.

Can I bring my dog to the park?
Visit the Pets page to learn where and how you can bring your pets to the park.

I have accessibility needs so how can I best plan my trip?
Visit the park's Accessibility page which will provide you with important information.

I am interested in hosting an event or festival, filming a movie or commercial or staying at a campsite. What does the park allow?
Please visit the Permit and Reservation page.

Where can I get a bite to eat? Where can I spend the night in the park?
Visit the Eat & Sleep page.

Can I swim in your beaches?
Visit the Safety page to learn about the dangers at Ocean Beach.


Where is the Information that I Need?

Pre-trip planning is important. Most of the basic information you will need is available on this website. Below are a few quick-links to some of the more often sought information.

Please note, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is comprised of multiple areas that include, but are not limited to Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. Additional information is available through the links above.

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