Fees & Reservations

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), authorizes Recreation Fees to be charged within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Eighty percent of the money is retained in the park and makes possible important visitor service and resource protection projects. Without you, the visitor, these improvements would not be possible.

Alcatraz Island

Prices vary with tour package. For more information call (415) 981-ROCK [415.981.7625] or go to www.alcatrazcruises.com. Please note, the America the Beautiful Pass does not cover boat fare to Alcatraz.

Kirby Cove

  • Campground - $25/Night; Picnic Area - $35/Day
  • Kirby Cove campground is open April 1 through November 30; reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance.
  • To make a reservation for Kirby Cove go to: www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777
  • Contact the Marin Headlands Visitor Center (415) 331-1540 if you have questions.

Muir Woods National Monument

  • $10.00 Adult (16 years of age and older)
  • Free Children (15 years of age and under)
  • $40.00 Muir Woods Annual Pass**

** This pass is good for 12 months. It admits the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) into Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, CA.

Presidio of San Francisco

Parking is available throughout the Presidio. Most parking areas are regulated by either the Golden Gate National Recreation Area or the Presidio Trust. Regulations may vary in different areas of the Presidio. When parking, always follow posted regulations. For more information on the paid parking managed by the Presidio Trust see http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/Pages/parking.aspx

Below are the parking fees managed by Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

  • Battery East Parking lot - Fees collected via automated fee machines every day (except Federal Holidays) from (10am-5pm) $1.20 per hr/$7 per day. Machines accept debit/credit cards and coins. ADA placard holders exempt.
  • West Bluff parking lot - Fees collected via automated fee machines weekends only from (10am-5pm) $1.20 per hr/$7 per day. Machines accept debit/credit cards and coins. ADA placard holders exempt. A 3 hour time limit is in place Monday - Friday.
Special Park Uses
Some outdoor activities require a special use permit. These activities include getting married in the park, having a picnic with more than 50 people, commercial filming and photography, and athletic contests such as triathlons. to find out more, please visit our special use permit page.

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Every Kid in a Park Pass

Beginning September 1st, 2015, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. It's easy to get one - just visit the Every Kid in a Park website, participate in a short activity, and download a voucher to exchange for a pass at any park that offers passes (at Golden Gate, passes are available at Muir Woods)

At Golden Gate National Recreations Area, the Every Kid in a Park pass admits the 4th grade passholder, and up to 3 accompanying guests into Muir Woods National Monument.


America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass

These annual and lifetime passes are your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites! Each pass covers the entrance fees across a wide variety of Federal recreation lands; including national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers the entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free. For more information or to order passes online, please visit the National Park Service Pass Site.

Listing of different types of interagency passes with images of passes for 2015.

Last updated: February 4, 2016

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


United States Park Police Dispatch: Non-Emergency: 415-561-5505 Emergency: 415-561-5656

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