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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established by Congress in 1972 as part of a movement known as "Parks to the People". The park has grown into one of the country's largest national park units in an urban area and includes under its management two additional units of the National Park Service, Fort Point National Historic Site and Muir Wood National Monument.

GGNRA spans three counties: Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. With nearly 20 million annual visitors, it is both an international destination and a local treasure for the 7 million people who call the Bay Area home.

The park includes world-renowned destinations such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, as well as many sites of regional and national importance, such as the Crissy Field, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Sweeney Ridge, and Mori Point.

GGNRA has one of the largest collections of historic buildings of any national park and dozens of plant and animal species that are accorded state or federal protected status. The park is part of the United Nations-designated Golden Gate International Biosphere Reserve.

Partnership is one of the watchwords of the park, with a number of outstanding nonprofit organizations working with the park to make available a wide variety of programs. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the official support organization for the park, providing an extraordinary level of funds and assistance each year.

The park operates under Federal, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service policies and guidelines, in accordance with a General Management Plan (GMP) which was first published in 1980 and updated in 2014.

Park management includes a General Superintendent, Deputy General Superintendent, and a number of operating and administrative divisions. The park's budget includes annual federal appropriations, capital and special purpose project funding, fee funds, and donated funds. Park staffing is augmented by a high level of volunteerism, generally exceeding 350,000 hours of volunteer service per year.


By the Numbers
As of Sept. 30, 2015

  • 17,598,926: Annual visitors (the sum of Golden Gate NRA 14,888,537; Fort Point NHS 1,610,466; and Muir Woods NM 1,099,923)
  • 82,000: Approximate acres, of which 18,500 are managed by NPS
  • $26,664,000: President's requested budget for Fiscal Year 2015
  • 263: National Park Service employees (215 Permanent; 32 Term; 16 Temporary), excluding US Park Police
  • 1,439: Historic structures
  • 5: National Historic Landmark Districts
  • 13: National Register of Historic Places properties
  • 370: Archeological sites identified (500 predicted)
  • 9: cultural landscapes
  • 5: lighthouses
  • 2,458: Plant and animal species
  • 91: Miles of bay and ocean shoreline, part of the UNESCO Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve
  • 19: Separate ecosystems in 7 distinct watersheds
  • Home to the largest museum collection in the National Park System
  • Contains the 3rd largest number of federally protected or endangered species of all 412 units within the National Park Service

Park Mission

The mission of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) 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.


Management Documents

Click the links below to read the park's first General Management Plan, finalized in 1980; and the new General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, released in April 2014.

To learn more about the park's vision for Interpretation & Education, download a copy of our latest Comprehensive Interpretive Plan:



National Park Service Director John Jarvis.


Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director
National Park Service

Jonathan B. Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, DC. Today, he manages that agency whose mission is to preserve America's most treasured landscapes and cultural icons.

Jarvis's 37-year career has taken him from ranger to resource management specialist to park biologist to Superintendent of parks such as Craters of the Moon, North Cascades, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mount Rainier. Before being confirmed as the 18th Director of the National Park Service on September 24, 2009, Jarvis served as regional director of the National Park Service Pacific West Region.

Today, he is responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and 412 national park units that attract more than 280 million visitors every year and generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.

For more information on Director Jarvis, visit the link here.

Aaron Roth
Aaron Roth

George "Doc" Miles/NPS

Aaron Roth, Acting General Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Aaron Roth joined the leadership team at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2007. He has served as Deputy Superintendent since 2010 and was named Acting General Superintendent in August 2016.

Aaron has worked closely with three past Superintendents on the full breadth of park management responsibilities, including providing leadership and supervision of the park’s operations, finances, projects, and programs. He has been engaged on strategic initiatives with GGNRA’s key partners, including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust, and California State Parks. He has a strong background in partnerships, serving as the former Chief of Business Management.

Aaron served previously as Acting Deputy Regional Director for the National Park Service Pacific West Region in 2014.

Prior to his arrival at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Aaron served as a management assistant at Grand Canyon National Park and worked in commercial services for the National Park Service Intermountain Region.

Aaron has seven years of private sector experience in a variety of entrepreneurial roles in the technology, consumer products and management consulting industries. He earned a degree in engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.



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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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