• 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 »

Nature & Science

Juvenile Winter Wren

Young winter wren exploring the forest floor.

The incredible diversity of flora and fauna at Muir Woods can be daunting some times, elusive at other times. The redwoods themselves dominate the scene, but the Steller's jay often steals the show. Ladybugs clustering by the thousands on ancient horsetail ferns boggle the imagination, while the slimy banana slug is able to disgust and fascinate all at once. Plants adapt to low light levels on the forest floor, while whole plant and animal communities bustle in the canopy above our heads.

John Muir was ahead of the Internet revolution when he wrote,

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
(MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA, pg.326)

Explore the Nature and Science to piece it all together or visit the San Francisco Bay Area Network Inventory and Monitoring Program to learn more about critical natural resources in your National Parks.

Learn more about how Climate Change ( http://www.nps.gov/goga/naturescience/climatechange.htm ) is affecting your National Parks. You can also Do Your Part for Parks by understanding and reducing your carbon footprints to help protect National Parks.

To hear more about the Muir Beach Restoration Project please visit the Your Wetlands: A project of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture at http://www.yourwetlands.org/audio_tours.php#muirbeach Here you will be able to download and listen to educational audio programs about the work happening at Muir Beach.

Did You Know?

Volunteer planting native vegetation along Redwood Creek.

Volunteers and staff of Redwood Creek Nursery and Muir Woods National Monument have planted approximately 20,000 plants along Redwood Creek since 2003. More...