Transportation and Access at Muir Woods

Access Reservation System Planning
The National Park Service is proposing to create an access reservation system that would support management of visitation to levels that meet park goals for safety, natural resource preservation, visitor experience, and public access. The reservation system is intended to be a long-term measure that will allow the park to work with visitors in advance of their arrival so that congestion, and its related impacts, can be minimized and the quality of the experience enhanced. National Park Service anticipates that the system would operate year-round and reservations would be made through a website, a call center, and possibly at other locations.

Public Scoping was initiated on Wednesday, September 4 and the first public meeting for this project was held on September 18, 2013. A second informational meeting was held on June 18, 2014. During the Question and Answer period, project managers referred to the National Parks Conservation Association's State of the Parks report about Muir Woods. As requested by the public, here are links to the report and fact sheet:

The last public meeting was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and was organized by Congressman Jared Huffman. The purpose of the meeting was to share with the public the outline of a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the County of Marin, the National Park Service, and members of an ad-hoc group created by the Congressman to come to a consensus on an approach to addressing traffic and congestion in the area of Muir Woods National Monument.

The next public meeting:
Marin County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing re: a contract between the County and the National Park Service, regarding Muir Woods traffic and parking.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm 329, San Rafael, CA

Download the Draft MOU (dated May 23, 2015)

Automobiles at park entrance

Cars stack up at the Muir Woods gate waiting for the 8 AM opening. Park managers are proposing a reservation system to manage the high numbers of visitors driving to Muir Woods. Mornings are the best times to visit Muir Woods. Each of these drivers found parking close to the entrance. Read the seven Ranger's tips posted on the Muir Woods homepage on how to visit Muir Woods safely this summer or how to find parking.

NPS Photo by Ranger Lou Salas Sian


Site Improvements Planning

The National Park Service is in the preliminary stages of planning a project that would improve existing infrastructure and visitor support facilities at Muir Woods National Monument. A public scoping process began in September 2013.

The existing entrance area includes aging, incomplete, and undersized infrastructure. Heavily used trails are rutted, with uneven surfaces, failed embankments and culverts. Additionally, many do not meet current accessibility standards. The restrooms are undersized for most days, and parking lots are narrow and crowded, lacking pedestrian paths. As well, aspirations for a more functional, natural, and attractive entrance plaza have not been realized.

View scoping documents and background information.

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