Point Bonita Lighthouse


Welcome to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!

We are currently open the following days/hours:

  • Monday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Tuesday: CLOSED

  • Wednesday: CLOSED

  • Thursday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Friday: 9:30am - 3:30pm

  • Saturday: 9:30am - 3:30pm

  • Sunday: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Sunset Tours are currently being offered Thursday nights through September 21, 2023. Sunset Tours offer a wonderful opportunity to see the lighthouse in all of its glory. A docent / ranger leads you on a guided hike to the lighthouse and shares knowledge about the geology, ecology, and history of Point Bonita. Tickets are required to attend the Thursday night sunset tours and they are available on recreation.gov

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!

Tips and Highlights

  • Please note that we do close promptly at 3:30pm. The tunnel door which provides access to the Point Bonita Lighthouse closes at 3:30pm sharp. Park Rangers/docents will conduct a closing sweep of the trail. 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: May 29, 2023

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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


415 561-4700

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