Explore the Mysteries of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

Sunset over Crissy lagoon with the Golden Gate Bridge behind.

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photo exhibit

Alcatraz: The Last Day

On exhibit through August 2017: Life Magazine photographer Leigh Wiener's images from March 21, 1963, the day the prison closed.

A cell block in Alcatraz with spiral staircase and prison bars

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Park visitor using wheelchair accessible trail at Land's End

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Last updated: December 10, 2018

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Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-3000

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