There are a number of Federal and State laws and regulations that protect National Park sites including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, Fort Point National Historic Site, Muir Woods National Monument, and the people who visit here.
Each national park has specific local regulations established under the Superintendent's discretionary authority under Title 36 CFR. These regulations are compiled annually and available here on the park website and in print at park headquarters.
For Reference Only
The September 24, 2021, edition of the Superintendent's Compendium is provided ONLY for reference. For current rules, refer to the December 17, 2022, edition of the Compendium.
For additional information about the 2021 Superintendent's Compendium, visit the park and National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site.
June 17, 2020 Superintendent's Compendium
Code of Federal Regulations
The regulations that govern all national parks including Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Alcatraz Island), Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument are encompassed in Title 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).
The Golden Gate National Parks mission is to preserve and enhance the natural, historic and scenic resources of the lands north and south of the Golden Gate for the education, recreation and inspiration of people today and in the future. In the spirit of bringing national parks to the people, we reach out to a diverse urban community, promote the richness and breadth of the national park system to many who are experiencing a national park for the first time and foster broad-based public stewardship through various volunteer and partnership programs.
Firearms in National Parks
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. However, 36 CFR § 2.4(a)(1)(iii) still prohibits the use of any weapon, trap or net in the National Parks. This includes those persons residing in the State of California that possess a valid State of California carry-concealed weapon permit (also known as a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit). These permits are typically issued by the county sheriff of the county where the state resident resides.
A notable exception to this rule is the possession of weapons in federal facilities. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are posted with signs at all public entrances. This prohibition includes those possessing a valid State of California CCW permit. In other words, all persons, regardless of the state permit that has been issued to them, are prohibited from carrying any firearm in federal facilities. In Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Alcatraz Island), Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument, this includes all administrative buildings, non-residential buildings, and buildings that serve the public. A partial list of the facilities that serve the public where firearms are prohibited include:
Last updated: June 21, 2023