Island of Incarceration, Island of Freedom

Alcatraz reveals stories of American incarceration, justice, and our common humanity. This small island was once a fort, a military prison, and a maximum security federal penitentiary. In 1969, the Indians of All Tribes occupied Alcatraz for 19 months in the name of freedom and Native American civil rights. We invite you to explore Alcatraz's complex history and natural beauty.

American Indian Occupation, 1969-2019

In 1969, a group of Native American activists arrived on Alcatraz Island. Learn how to get involved with the 50th anniversary commemoration.

A cell block in Alcatraz with spiral staircase and prison bars

Alcatraz Behind the Scenes Tour

This special guided tour reveals lesser-known areas of the historic prison island.

Tram carrying visitors up a steep slope.

Visitors With Disabilities Information

Find out about accessible features on Alcatraz Island.

Sunset over Crissy lagoon with the Golden Gate Bridge behind.

Download the NPS Golden Gate app here!

A new way to Find Your Park

Screenshot of an orientation video featuring an ASL interpreter

Get oriented in ASL

Learn about safety, accessibility, and planning a successful visit to Alcatraz in ASL with English captions.

Last updated: October 29, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4900

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