• Visitors from all over the world come to explore the tranquility, beauty, and nature sounds of Muir Woods National Monument.

    Muir Woods

    National Monument California

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  • All Trails at Muir Woods are Open. Middle Green Gulch Trail at Muir Beach access limited.

    Middle Green Gulch trail is accessible at all times from the farm, starting at the office end of the farm. Access to Middle Green Gulch is closed from the Kaasai direction during the week. All trails open after 4:30 M -- F, and all day Saturday/Sunday. More »

  • Ranger's Tips on How to Experience Muir Woods Safely and How to Find Parking

    Parking is limited. Often visitors find shoulder parking and walk on the narrow road to the Visitor Center. Read the ranger's tips on the Best Times to Visit Muir Woods. Take the Muir Woods Shuttle weekends & holidays through October. More »

Animals

Bobcat sitting in an open marsh area near Muir Beach in the late afternoon sun.

Adult bobcat soaking up the late afternoon sun.

National Park Service

Redwood forests are quiet and deeply shaded places in which wildlife may seem rare or absent entirely. It's easy to remain unseen in this dense forest. Then, too, many of the forest creatures are nocturnal. Others live high in the forest canopy or in the soil or deep duff on the forest floor. In fact, redwood forests are surprisingly lively places. Visit some of our animal links below or check out the Wildlife Checklist to learn more about these elusive forest creatures...

Birds

Fish

Invertebrates

Did You Know?

Banana Slug moving accross trail in Muir Woods

Banana Slugs are North America’s largest land mollusk. They are a gastropod which means footed stomach. They crawl along the forest floor crunching up and decomposing dead material. More...