Point Bonita Lighthouse


Welcome to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!


Please Note that the Point Bonita Lighthouse hours of operation alternate between a Winter Schedule and a Summer Schedule.

We are currently operating within our Winter 2023 Schedule which is:

  • Monday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Tuesday: CLOSED

  • Wednesday: CLOSED

  • Thursday: CLOSED

  • Friday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Saturday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

A secret jewel of the Bay Area, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855, was the third lighthouse built on the West Coast and helped shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straits. Today, the lighthouse is still active and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology and fascinating history by hiking the partially steep half mile trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!

We offer sunset tours on the first Sunday of every month, where a docent leads you on a guided hike to the lighthouse and shares knowledge about the geology, ecology, and history of Point Bonita. Sign up for these tours at recreation.gov

Tips and Highlights

  • All visitors must be out / through the tunnel by 3:30pm. Park Rangers and docents will conduct a closing sweep of the trail starting approximately at 3:20pm. The door to the tunnel to access the lighthouse closes promptly at 3:30 pm. Please arrive well before 3:30 pm to ensure you are able to visit the lighthouse!

  • Pets and bikes are not permitted anywhere on the Point Bonita Trail.

  • Site may be closed due to inclement weather. We test the winds periodically while the site is open. If winds get over 30 mph, we close the suspension bridge.

  • Make sure to bring your own water when you visit, and bring binoculars to catch a glimpse of the marine life that frequents the area, including harbor seals, whales, and porpoises.

  • Check out the calendar for upcoming guided tours at Point Bonita.

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Last updated: January 18, 2023

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022


415 561-4700

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