• 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 »

  • 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.

Management

A large crowd gathered on June 18, 2014 in Mill Valley to hear the NPS proposed plan for a Muir Woods reservation system.

A large crowd gathered on June 18, 2014 in Mill Valley to hear the National Park Service's proposed plan for a Muir Woods Reservation System.

NPS photo by Ranger Lou Salas Sian

Park managers propose a Muir Woods reservation system plan
The NPS is proposing to create a parking reservation system that would support management of visitation to levels that meet park goals for safety, natural resource preservation, visitor experience, and public access. The reservation system is intended to be a long-term measure that will allow the park to work with visitors in advance of their arrival so that congestion, and its related impacts, can be minimized and the quality of the experience enhanced. NPS anticipates that the system would operate year-round and reservations would be made through a website, a call center, on site for less busy days, and possibly at other locations. Implementation of the reservation system would use existing park and county infrastructure; no new construction is being proposed. There are no plans to build a parking structure on Panoramic Highway.

Public Scoping was initiated on Wednesday, September 4 and the first public meeting for this project was held on September 18, 2013. A second informational meeting was held on June 18, 2014. During the Question and Answer period, project managers referred to the National Parks Conservation Association's State of the Parks report about Muir Woods. As requested by the public, here are links to the report and fact sheet:





Sign up for updates and public meeting notices:

By email: goga_planning@nps.gov

By telephone: (415)561-4700

By mail:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Attn: Muir Woods Reservation System Plan
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

 
A car precariously parked over the edge of Muir Woods Road. With high visitation, drivers experience limited parking and traffic congestion. The owners of this car ignored the "No Parking" sign and parked on the shoulder, the hazard obscured by vegetation. The car did not go into the creek, but had to be towed. No one was injured.
With high visitation, finding parking becomes a challenge. Here, visitors moved the "No Parking" sign on a busy weekend afternoon and parked on a hazardous embankment partially obscured by vegetation. Knowing that it would be less crowded in the morning, the driver returned the next morning with a tow truck company. No one was injured.
NPS photo by Ranger Lou Salas Sian, 6/25/14.
 
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Cars stack up at the Muir Woods gate waiting for the 8 AM opening. Park managers are proposing a reservation system to manage the high numbers of visitors driving to Muir Woods. Mornings are the best times to visit Muir Woods. Each of these cars found parking close to the entrance. Read the 7 Ranger's tips posted on the Muir Woods homepage on how to visit Muir Woods safely this summer or how to find parking.
NPS Photo by Ranger Lou Salas Sian
 

To learn more about park partners, public involvement, your dollars at work, park statistics, federal register announcements, park planning, fire management, employment, and park staff and offices, please visit “Management” located at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area website.

For information on Public Involvement use the link to the Management above.

For information on Laws and Policies either use the link to the Management above or visit http://www.nps.gov/goga/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm

 

Did You Know?

Burned out cavities at the base of Coast Redwood trees

Fires over the centuries can hollow out a redwood, burning out a cave in the trunk of the living tree. Though the fire caves on some of the redwoods look fresh, the last forest fire that occurred in Muir Woods was about 160 years ago.