The history and culture of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is as varied and diverse as the stories of the Ohlone and Coast Miwok communities, Muir Woods redwood forest, successful Mexican and early American dairy farms, the U.S. Army's development of the Bay Area's expansive seacoast defenses, Alcatraz Island and elegant early 20th century recreational baths and gardens. Explore the following links to learn more about the people, places and stories of Golden Gate.
Understanding and Protecting GGNRA's Human History
The Cultural Resources program at Golden Gate National Recreation Area documents and shares the stories of people and the land, now and in the past, and helps preserve places and objects with special history. The park has produced a wide variety of documents, including historic building reports, cultural landscape reports, preservation manuals and historic resource studies. Humans have made their homes on park lands now for perhaps as long as 12,000 years.
Park professionals rehabilitate, preserve and maintain historic buildings, landscapes, structures and archeological site.
Our park collections contains over 6.2 million historic objects, documents, images and specimens.
Last updated: November 1, 2022