Plan ahead for your visit:
Hours of Operation
Muir Woods is open every day of the year and our hours change seasonally. For a breakdown on our hours of operation in a given season, visit our Basic Information page. The Muir Woods Visitor Center is open 8:00 am to 30 minutes before the park closes.
Pets are not permitted in Muir Woods. The park is very small and can get very crowded. To protect the wildlife, other visitors, and your pet, we suggest that you visit nearby areas such as the Coastal Trail at Muir Beach, and some trails in the Marin Headlands where they are permitted. For more information please click here.
Maps and Hikes
Parking and Fees
To park at Muir Woods, reservations are always required and must be made at GoMuirWoods.com ahead of your visit. There is NO cell phone service or WiFi at or around Muir Woods National Monument so download your parking reservation in advance. Reservations frequently sell out, especially on weekends & holidays, so please plan ahead!
About the parking timing system:
Your reservation comes with a 30-minute arrrival window. You are guaranteed a parking spot during that period. If you are in a standard sized vehicle, you are then welcome to stay until the park closes.
Muir Woods has a $15/person entrance fee that is separate from parking or shuttle reservations. Individuals aged 15 or younger get in free. Entrance fees may be purchased in advance with your parking reservation via GoMuirWoods.com or upon arrival to the park. For further information on entry fees, please visit our Fees and Passes page.
Ride the Muir Woods Shuttle! The shuttle is only for visitors who parked off-site, and need to be shuttled on-site, and is a good option for those looking to take public transportation. There is no shuttle that runs through the Woods; it is a walking-only park.
Ride-shares and Taxis
You may take a ride-share or taxi to Muir Woods without a reservation, however, there is no cell-service at Muir Woods to call them for a return ride. Muir Woods has a pay-phone behind the Visitor Center and posted list of cab companies that service the woods. When hiring a taxi, visitors have the option of negotiating a flat rate or using the meter. Under some circumstances a flat rate may be cheaper.
Public Transit Options
Public Transit to Muir Woods that drops off directly at Muir Woods is limited to the Muir Woods shuttle (see information above).
Gift Stores and Cafe
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy bookstore is located at the Visitor Center. You can also view their online offerings at https://store.parksconservancy.org/.
Last updated: October 29, 2023