Muir Woods Shuttle to Operate on Select Holidays Only
First time ever, Muir Woods Shuttle, Marin Transit Route 66 will operate on Thanksgiving weekend November 28 - December 1, Winter Solstice December 21, and day after Christmas to New Years Day, December 26 - January 1. Click for fees, schedule, & stops More »
Muir Beach Closed (not Muir Woods) July 8th to Mid-December 2013
This alert applies to Muir Beach, and not Muir Woods. Muir Beach closed July 8th to mid-December 2013 for restoration/construction. No restrooms or parking available at Muir Beach during this period. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
Trail Work Ahead
We're taking the time to repair our trails. Please don't be surprised on the trail to find it might be closed. The Hillside Trail is open through the winter. The Ocean View Trail is closed for the winter. The Bootjack is closed at the Spur More »
Hearing the thrilling call of an owl provides an exciting experience for the park visitor. Encounters with these birds either by hearing them or seeing them in flight can be the highlight of a trip into the National Park sites of Marin County, CA. Find out more about owl research and populations, and then get out into the park!
Owls are nocturnal birds. They are best seen at dawn or dusk. The following are a few pointers for viewing the owls.
Living with Northern Spotted Owls:
Spotted owls are year round residents in many Marin County, California forests. They are most vocal during nesting season, February through July. If you have owls near your home, hear are a few “good neighbor” guidelines:
Visiting the Parks at Night:
Visiting a National Park at night is a very special experience. The crowds are gone. There are opportunities to see nocturnal creatures and enjoy the peace and quiet of night. Marvel at the night sky and have an adventure!
To ensure you will enjoy you night visit, it is important to plan appropriately. Here are a few suggestions:
Call ahead to make sure the park you are visiting will be open:
Muir Woods: (closed at night) 415-388-2595 (Nature Hotline)
Point Reyes: 415-464-5100
Golden Gate: 415-331-1540 (Marin Headlands Visitor Center)
Suggestions for good night walk in owl habitat:
Point Reyes: Bear Valley and Bolinas Ridge Trail
Golden Gate: Tennessee Valley and Rodeo Valley Trails (Look for Great horned and Barn owls on these trails. These two trails are not in known Spotted owl habitat.)
Join a special evening program (such as Footloose Forays, Marin Headlands Visitor Center, Marin County Open Space District, Point Reyes Field Seminars, and Point Reyes Visitor Center, or a Muir Woods Moonlight Walk).
Did You Know?
Muir Woods National Monument celebrated its 100th Anniversary on January 9, 2008. Muir Woods was the first National Monument created in an urban setting allowing people easy access. Today more than 800,000 people from all over the world come to visit each year. More...