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Contact: National Parks, Alexandra Picavet, , (415)786-8021
Contact: State Parks, Danita Rodriguez, , (707)769-5665
Marin County, CA--The entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument will increase from $5 to $7 on January 1, 2012. The change in fees is a result of collaboration between the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service to keep open California State Parks within Golden Gate National Recreation Area's (GGNRA) boundary, Samuel P. Taylor and Mt. Tamalpais, and to support projects that are beneficial to both federal and state park lands near Muir Woods. A new $2 state park fee will be collected simultaneously with the current $5 federal fee for visitors 16 years old and older who do not hold one of the designated Federal Lands or State Park Passes.
Earlier this year the California State Parks Department announced the closure of 70 of its 278 state parks due to budget cuts. One of these parks - Samuel P. Taylor - is within the boundaries of GGNRA.The possible closure of State Parks within GGNRA boundaries is a serious concern for the National Park Service because the closures could result in increased visitor demand on our lands, and could also threaten the condition of cultural resources and natural resources shared by the state and national parks."Muir Woods, Golden Gate, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park are inextricably linked in the complex watershed of Redwood Creek," Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Superintendent Frank Dean remarked.
January 1, 2012, GGNRA will begin collecting a $2 State Park fee at the entrance to Muir Woods that will go directly to California State Parks in recognition of the heavy use their lands see as the access point for Muir Woods, including all of the parking for the Woods, and the many hiking trails beyond the Woods that are accessed through the NPS lands.
All participants in the Federal Interagency Pass Program, America the Beautiful, and holders of Muir Woods NM Annual Passes will continue to enter Muir Woods NM with no extra cost. Six of the California State Parks passes qualify to waive the $2 fee, but do not affect the $5 federal fee. Those six passes are:
- The Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass
- The Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass
- The Disabled Discount Pass
- The Disabled Veteran Prisoner of War (POW) Pass
- The Golden Bear Pass
- The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass
"Increasing the fee at Muir Woods has its drawbacks, especially as we continue to strive to reach wider audiences and welcome more visitors," remarked Frank Dean,"but still it is worth making a modest increase if that means we can keep other important park resources and experiences in Marin open and protected."
For more information about the agreement between NPS and California State Parks visit www.nps.gov/muwo and follow the links.