Pets in The GGNRA

man with dog on leash on a beach

NPS / Shirwin Smith

Dog management planning announcement:

On October 19, 2017, the National Park Service announced it has permanently ended a planning and rulemaking process intended to establish new regulations related to dog management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). This decision follows the completion of an independent review of the use of personal email accounts for official communications related to the Dog Management planning.

In its report, the review team composed of a group of experts in government planning efforts outside of NPS, concluded that the use of personal email to conduct official business was inappropriate, but the emails they reviewed did not influence the outcome of the planning and rulemaking process. However, NPS concluded that it is no longer appropriate to proceed.

GGNRA will continue to enforce existing pet regulations detailed in a 1979 pet policy and the Superintendent's Compendium, which describe where visitors can walk managed dogs under voice control or on-leash in specific areas of the park. The nationwide Park Service regulation requiring dogs to be on-leash would apply to areas not covered by the 1979 policy. The interim permit requirement for commercial dog walking will remain in effect.

Our pet regulations and designated dog walking locations are described below. If you have questions regarding dogs in GGNRA, please contact the Dog Management Information Line: 415-561-4728 or email: goga_dogmgt@nps.gov.


Parkwide Regulations

  • Dogs must be on leash in all parking lots and picnic areas.
  • Dogs are not allowed in park buildings and facilities, including outdoor restrooms and public showers.


Service Animals

  • Service animals accompanying a person with a disability, as defined by Federal law and Department of Justice regulations (Title 28 Code of Federal Regulations § 36.104), are allowed wherever visitors or employees are allowed.
  • For more information on the DOJ ADA Revised Service Animal Regulations, please click here.
 

Dog-Walking Locations by County

Updated August 2016

GGNRA LANDS OPEN TO DOGS & THEIR OWNERS

Marin County

Location

Regulation

Alta Trail (Formerly Alta Ave) Between Marin City/Oakwood Valley

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Muir Beach (Excluding lagoon)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Oakwood Valley Trail to Alta Trail (Formerly Oakwood Valley Fire Road)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Homestead Valley

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Rodeo Beach and South Rodeo Beach (Excluding lagoon)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands Visitor Center (Coastal Trail to SCA Trail; SCA Trail to Slacker Trail; Slacker Trail to Julian Trail; Julian Trail to Coastal Trail) (Upper Fisherman’s Trail also available)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Old Bunker Road Loop (Rodeo Beach Parking Lot along Coastal Trail to Old Bunker Road; Old Bunker Road to Fort Cronkhite Trail; Fort Cronkhite Trail to Lagoon Trail; Lagoon Trail back to Rodeo Beach parking lot)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Orchard Trail (Formerly Orchard Fire Road) and Pacheco Trail (Formerly Pacheco Fire Road) connectors to Alta Trail

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Wolf Ridge Loop (Coastal Trail to Wolf Ridge Trail; Wolf Ridge Trail to Miwok Trail; Miwok Trail to Lagoon Trail)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

County View Road connector trail to Miwok Trail

On-Leash Only

Fort Baker (Excluding Chapel Steps Trail, on the pier, and Battery Yates)

On-Leash Only

Oakwood Meadow Trail (formerly Oakwood Valley Trail) to the junction with Oakwood Valley Trail (formerly Fire Road)

On-Leash Only

Coastal Trail (Between Hill 88 and Muir Beach via the Pirates Cove Trail)

On-Leash Only

Miwok Trail (Between Tennessee Valley parking lot and Highway 1)

On-Leash Only

Rhubarb Trail

On-Leash Only

Batteries Loop Trail around Battery Smith-Guthrie

On-Leash Only

South Rodeo Beach Trail

On-Leash Only

San Francisco County

Location

Regulation

Baker Beach (North of Lobos Creek)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Crissy Field* (Excluding Wildlife Protection Area and fenced areas)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

*Leashes required all year except from May 15 to July 1 at west end of Crissy Field beach

Fort Funston (Excluding 12-acre closure and Coastal Trail north of Horse Trail intersection due to erosion)

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Fort Miley

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Lands End

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Ocean Beach from the north end to Stairwell 21

On-Leash OR Voice Control

Ocean Beach from Stairwell 21 to Sloat Blvd*

On-Leash OR Voice Control

*Leashes required all year except from May 15 to July 1

Fort Point Trails (Excluding Torpedo Wharf and inside the fort)

On-Leash Only

Fort Mason (Excluding the community garden)

On-Leash Only

Sutro Heights

On-Leash Only

San Mateo County

Location

Regulation

Milagra Ridge Trails

On-Leash Only

Mori Point Trails

On-Leash Only

Rancho Corral de Tierra

On-Leash Only

Sweeney Ridge Trails (Excluding the Notch Trail)

On-Leash Only

 

Federal Regulations That Apply to All Dog Walkers on Leash or Under Voice Control

36 CFR § 2.15 - The sections of the NPS pet regulation that prohibit:

  • Failing to dispose of pet excrement.
  • Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object except in designated areas or under conditions which may be established by the Superintendent.
  • Allowing a pet to make noise that is unreasonable considering the location, time of day or night, impact on park users, and other relevant factors, or that frightens wildlife by barking, howling or making other noise.
  • Possessing a pet in a public building or at a designated swimming beach or in any area closed to pets by the Superintendent.

36 CFR § 2.1 - The regulation to preserve natural, cultural and archeological resources which prohibits possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging or disturbing wildlife, fish, plants or cultural or archeological resources.

36 CFR § 2.2 - The regulation to protect wildlife that prohibits the feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities.

36 CFR § 2.34(a)(4) - The regulation regarding disorderly conduct which prohibits creating hazardous or physically offensive conditions.

 
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Watch Your Paws Please

The GGNRA is home to more than 2,400 plant and animal species (37 of which are rare, threatened, or endangered) and countless cultural resources including American coastal fortifications and Native American artifacts. Please observe signs indicating where dog walking is permitted in the park to ensure that these as well as countless other important natural and cultural resources will be around for future generations to appreciate and enjoy!

Last updated: October 26, 2017

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