• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

El Polin Spring

A Wilson's warbler takes a bath at El Polin spring

Many birds congregate at El Polin spring, like this Wilson's Warbler.

El Polin spring water bubbles from a rock wall at the head of this riparian valley. The spring provided a source of fresh water for the Spanish Presidio, and Spanish and Mexican families built their homes in this sheltered valley. Later, in 1898, the First Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment camped here during the Spanish-American War. Today, you can picnic in the bucolic meadows near the spring or explore the surrounding forest and grasslands.

Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.