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.
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:
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Attn: Muir Woods Reservation System Plan
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Did You Know?
Every year Convergent Ladybugs migrate to Muir Woods from California’s central valley seeking the cool refuge of the redwood forest. You can see them resting in large clumps on plants and fence posts.