• 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. Green Gulch Trail at Muir Beach to Close

    The Green Gulch Trail from Kaasi Road will be closed for restoration construction on the weekdays from 7 AM - 4:30 PM beginning early August through October 2014. Full trail access will be available during evening hours and weekends. Signs will be posted. More »

  • 7 Ranger's Tips on How to Experience Muir Woods Safely This Summer or How to Find Parking

    Summer is the busiest for Muir Woods. 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. On weekends & holidays, take Muir Woods Shuttle More »

  • Ride the Muir Woods Shuttle. Summer is the busiest time for Muir Woods. Parking limited.

    Muir Woods is experiencing high numbers of visitors. Summer traffic and unsafe parking behaviors are adding stress to visitors and residents. Expect delays on Hwy 1 as people drive to and from Muir Woods and local beaches. Read 7 Ranger's Tips on Parking. 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?

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...