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

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Self-Guided Brochures

Historic brick buildings around the Fort Baker parade ground.

Fort Baker Parade Ground Walk:
Innovations in Army Post Life

(Updated: June 2008)
Learn this history about one of the newest areas to the park at your own pace. This self-guided walk explores the histories behind Fort Baker.

 
Cover of Horseshoe Cove self-guided booklet showing aerial view of Horseshoe Cove and Fort Baker from the 1950s.

Fort Baker History Walk: Horseshoe Cove - A Historic Marina at Fort Baker
(Updated: January 2011)
This Fort Baker History Walk is a self-guided tour of the waterfront marina area of Fort Baker along the shores of Horseshoe Cove.

 
Cover of Fort Barry History Tour booklet showing civilians standing in front of large coast defense gun.

Fort Barry History Tour: An Army Post Standing Guard Over the Marin Headlands
(Updated: January 2011)
The Fort Barry History Tour is a self-guided tour of a former coastal defense military post built in the Marin Headlands in 1908.

 
Cover of Fort Cronkhite History Walk showing Fort Chronkhite

Fort Cronkhite History Walk: A World War II Army Post That Helped Defend San Francisco
(Updated: January 2011)
The Fort Cronkhite History Walk features a self-guided tour of the former military post in the Marin Headlands.

 
Main Post Walk self-guide cover

Main Post Walk: 200 Years of History and Architecture
(Updated: May 2011)
The Main Post Walk is a self-guided tour around the Main Post area of the Presidio of San Francisco and focuses on the Spanish to U.S. military periods.

 
cover of Fort Mason self-guided tour

Fort Mason History Walk: A Reflection of San Francisco Through Time
(updated July 2013)

This self-guide history tour explores Fort Mason from the 1850s to the present. Learn how the army post's history mirrored historic changes in San Francisco.

 
image of front cover of Fort Mason Center tour

Fort Mason Center History Tour:
Gateway to the Pacific

This self-guided walking tour explores the history of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation. Learn about how the port played a critical role in World War II and is now home to the innovative Fort Mason Center.

 
Survivors: Life in an '06 Quake Camp

Survivors: Life in an '06 Quake Camp

This booklet commemorates the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.

Did You Know?

Fossils clams from Alcatraz Island

Megafossils (fossils that can be observed with the unaided eye) are rare in Franciscan Complex rocks, but the rocks of “The Rock,” Alcatraz, have yielded significant examples.