Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains the answers to some of the questions the staff at our park regularly receive. If you are seeking information that is not available on this page, please use the search function to look elsewhere on our website.

At this time, some locations in our park remain closed due to COVID-19. Please visit our closure advisory webpage for the most up-to-date information to determine what areas of the park are open.
Our park is made up of more than 80,000 acres. Maintenance projects, including those that may limit access to park sites and facilities, occur routinely. Please visit our Alerts & Conditions page for the latest information on changes to park operations. You can also follow our park advisory Twitter account @GGNRANPSAlerts.

We offer many interpretive materials on our website including brochures, maps, Junior Ranger booklets, and other park publications.

At this time, our physical stock of these materials is very limited. Additionally, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, our ability to mail materials has been reduced. Please refer to the above links and use digital versions of our interpretive materials whenever possible.

If you do not have access to a printer or otherwise require a physical copy of one of these interpretive materials, please contact us. If we have it in stock, we will mail you the item.

Recreational fires are allowed at Ocean Beach (seasonally) and Muir Beach (year-round) only in provided fire rings in accordance with park rules. Visit the Recreational Fire Regulations page to learn more.
Some outdoor activities require a special use permit. These activities include wedding ceremonies in the park, picnics with more than 50 people, commercial filming and photography, and athletic contests such as races or triathlons. To find out more, visit the Special Park Use Permits page.
Most questions about park policy can be answered by reading Title 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) or the most recent version of our park’s Superintendent’s Compendium. The Laws and Policies page contains links to these documents and other relevant reference materials.

None of the park sites at Golden Gate National Recreation Area charge an entrance fee, however, visitors to Alcatraz Island must purchase a ferry ticket for transportation. For information about other fees, visit our Fees and Passes page.

Muir Woods National Monument requires an entrance fee for individuals 16 years of age and older. Visitors are also required to make reservations if traveling by car or shuttle.

Fort Point National Historic Site does not charge an entrance fee.

Please report your lost item to the property office at US Park Police at 415-561-5107. For more information, please visit the Property Recovery page of the United States Park Police website.
Human-wildlife interaction can cause serious problems. Please view wildlife from a distance and never feed a wild animal. For more information, see our Wildlife Viewing Guidelines webpage.
Unfortunately, our volunteer programs have been halted due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you for your interest in the park. Please check our Volunteer webpage in the future.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service alongside two other park units: Muir Woods National Monument and Fort Point National Historic Site.

The Presidio of San Francisco, an area within Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust, an independent federal agency.

The National Park Service also works closely with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which serves as the park’s primary programmatic partner.

Golden Gate Park is not connected to or affiliated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is managed by San Francisco Recreation and Parks.

Our park has the largest museum collection in the National Park System. Our Park Archive and Records Center contains over 5 million documents, photographic images, oral histories and maps that document all areas and facets of the history associated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Some of these materials are available online, while others are only available for access in-person. For more information, please see our Archives & Records page.

Additionally, historical photos and pieces of park history can be found in many places across our website. Please use the search function to find what you are looking for.

If you are searching for contemporary records, please visit our FOIA: Reading Room page, which contains documents from recent Freedom of Information Act requests.

Golden Gate National Recreation borders property managed by municipal and state authorities. If you are looking to determine the jurisdiction of a particular location, please use the California Protected Areas Database mapping tool.

For past park news, please see our News Releases webpage. If you would like to sign up to receive news releases as they are issued, please join our email list.

Our e-mail list is used to send correspondence about park projects. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail list with any outside organizations. See the full NPS privacy statement.

Last updated: September 20, 2021

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