News Release

Areas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area Accessible to Public During Government Shutdown

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Date: December 22, 2018

San Francisco, CA– During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air memorials at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

Said park Communications Director Charlie Strickfaden, "There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance. Some lodging, restaurants, and other services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. We are working hard to comply with law and directives and still provide access to park visitors."


Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including Ranger walks and talks, and NPS staff led volunteer programs.


The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, check-in/check-out, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.


Areas that are open include all Presidio Trust areas (they are operated under a different fiscal authority), the Presidio Visitor Center, open areas of Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, Lands End, and the Marin Headlands (Point Bonita Lighthouse, Nike Missle Site and visitor center are closed). Due to partner agreements, Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island are open. Muir Woods National Monument requires reservation for parking or shuttle , and entrance fees will be collected. Park visitors with Day Tour tickets will be able to visit Alcatraz Island. Automatic refunds will be given for "Behind The Scenes Tours" or "Night Tours" on Alcatraz Island.

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Last updated: December 22, 2018

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