Learn About the Park

Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1972 to offer a national park experience to a diverse urban population, while preserving and interpreting the park's outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values.

One of the largest urban parks in the world, GGNRA welcomes over 17 million visitors a year. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and Rancho Corral de Tierra. GGNRA also includes significant historical and natural resources and houses the largest museum collection in the National Park Service. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park.

The park's natural resources and cultural history are unique within the National Park System. Learn more about what makes GGNRA special.
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History & Culture

Explore the people, places and stories that made history at GGNRA.

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Learn the unique nature & science found in the Bay Area & how we keep of wildlife wild.

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K-12 program committed to inclusive and relevant inquiry-based learning.

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Become A Volunteer

History buffs, naturalists, artists, students, gardeners and many more people have found a place to share their skills at GGNRA.


Sign-up for the Golden Gate National Parks E-venture Newsletter, read new releases, obtain press kits and contact Public Affairs.

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Kids & Youth

Learn of our activities for kids and youth, and outreach programs.

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Photos & Multimedia

Browse our tremendous collection, listen and watch our audio and video presentations.


Learn about the mission, link to key information, and see a list of park divisions.


Visit the Park Conservancy website –learn how they support the park and shop at their bookstore.

Last updated: July 13, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


United States Park Police Dispatch: Non-Emergency: 415-561-5505 Emergency: 415-561-5656

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