Nike Missile Site

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  • THURSDAY: 12pm - 3pm

  • FRIDAY: 12pm - 3pm

  • SATURDAY: 12pm - 3pm

Free docent led tours take place periodically during open hours listed above.

No reservation required unless visiting with a group larger than 10 people.

If visiting with a group larger than 10+ people please e-mail us at

Welcome to the Nike Missile Site, the most fully restored Nike missile site in the country. During the tense years of the Cold War, from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile sites in the United States. These sites were designed to be the last line of defense against H-Bomb carrying Soviet bombers that had eluded the Air Force’s interceptor jet aircrafts. SF-88 in the Marin Headlands was one such site. Today, Golden Gate National Recreation Area works together with a dedicated group of volunteers to preserve the site as it was during operations to remind visitors of the physical and psychological effects of the Cold War on the American landscape.

Tips & Highlights

  • Open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm - 3pm. Tours are offered periodically throughout open hours.

  • Veteran Open House Day is the first Saturday of every month. On these days, veterans of the Nike program come to the site to share their stories with visitors.

  • Please note that the Nike Missile Site is closed during inclement weather.

  • The only restrooms available at Nike are Port-a-Johns. However, about a mile down the road before the Nike Missile Site is a larger rest-stop / parking lot with larger restooms and running water. It is recommended to stop and use these if needed, prior to arriving to Nike.

  • For more information, please contact: (415) 331-1540 -OR- email us at:

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The threats that were faced during the Cold War, the decisions that were made during that time period, was it right? Was it wrong? Was it worth it?


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Last updated: March 4, 2024

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