• Visitors appear very small amongst the redwood trees.

    Muir Woods

    National Monument California

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  • No access to Muir Beach Parking Lot October 16-21

    Paving work on Pacific Way- no access (walking or driving) to Muir Beach parking lot Oct 16, 17, 20 and possibly 21 from 8am to 5pm, residents excepted.

  • Ranger's tips on 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 »

  • Trail closures: Middle Green Gulch Trail and Hillside Trails access limited.

    Hillside Trail closed 10/6-8 and after 10/14 for construction and rehab. Middle Green Gulch trail is accessible 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. More »

Birds

Spotted Owl

Spotted Owl

National Park Service

Over 50 species of birds have been identified in Muir Woods over a year's time. Their abundance and periods of song vary with time of day, season, and weather conditions. The greatest variety of avian activity occurs during the spring mornings. A deep, wooded redwood canyon is a specialized habitat. Although this old growth forest supports spotted owls and pileated woodpeckers, the overall lack of food is the primary reason for the apparent scarcity of birds. There are few insects in a redwood forest as the tannin repels insects and the deep shade limits the number of flowers and fruits produced. The following quotation from the Superintendent's annual report for 1923 indicates little change during the past 80 years in the bird life found in Muir Woods:

"Birds, as is generally the case in a redwood forest, are conspicuous by their absence - Steller's jay being the only bird seen in any numbers."

We thank the many birdwatchers who have contributed their observations to the Park and invite you to also do the same.

Bird Checklist for Muir Woods National Monument.

Did You Know?

United Nations in Muir Woods National Monument in 1945

Muir Woods’ Cathedral Grove hosted the first United Nations conference May 19, 1945. Present were delegates from 48 nations to establish a lasting peace following the Second World War. More...