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 »
Muir Beach is OPEN but Muir Beach Overlook closed until August 1, 2014.
Muir Beach is open but the Muir Beach Overlook is closed for construction until August 1, 2014. Muir Beach is open to the public every day, including holidays at 9 AM and closes one hour after sunset.
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?
Since it was started in the 1980s, the Redwood Creek Nursery has propagated 96 different species of native plants for 3 different plant communities: alder riparian, coast scrub/grassland, and Redwood/ Douglas fir understory. More...