Golden Gate National
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, California 94123
Explore the Golden Gate
National Recreation Area!
Golden Gate National Parks chronicle
two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the
Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime
history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal
fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.
One of the world's largest urban
national parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area hugs the
California coastline for nearly 60 miles in and around San
For our neighbors who live and work
in the Bay Area, we are their "backyard" national park.
The place where they windsurf, walk the dog, go for a run, or bring
their kids to explore nature and get a taste of history.
The park also attracts visitors from
across the country and around the world, a total of 17 million
annually are drawn here by the unparalleled recreational
opportunities, stunning natural beauty, and riveting stories.
Where else can you experience a
"working" Nike Missile Site, the isolation of a maximum
security federal prison, the conversion of an abandoned airfield
into hundreds of acres of productive coastal wetlands, and some of
the best beaches and hiking trails in the nation? And then take a
cable car to dinner?
Whatever you are looking for in a
national park, chances are Golden Gate has it. There are so many
trails, historic structures, natural areas, and public programs in
the Golden Gate National Park that the hardest thing to do is decide
which one to try.
Want to watch a sunset? There are
countless places in the park to watch the sun drop below the horizon
across the vast Pacific Ocean.
Is a family hike on your agenda? Pick
from dozens of options, from a stroll to an extreme trek.
Want to learn about the how the U.S.
Army defended the Bay from attack? Check out the coastal gun
batteries in the park up and down the coast in Marin, San Francisco
and San Mateo County.
Do you love wildflowers? There are
spectacular displays of wildflowers and native plants in many
locations in the park.
Do you have the skills and desire to
test yourself on some extreme sports? Try the new sport of
kite-boarding off the Crissy Field shoreline, or get airborne in a
hang glider off the cliffs at Fort Funston.
Want to roll up your sleeves and work
to protect park resources? Join one of the many volunteer
stewardship teams that restore natural areas in the park.
An indispensable resource is Guide to
the Parks, published by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
And be sure and visit or call one of the park�s visitor centers or
- Park Headquarters and Information
Center, Fort Mason, (415) 561-4700
- Alcatraz (415) 561-4900
- Muir Woods, (415) 331-2596
- Marin Headlands, (415) 331-1540
- Presidio, (415) 561-4323
- Crissy Field, (415) 561-7761 or
- Fort Point (415) 561-1693 or
- Sweeney and Milagra Ridges and
Mori Point, (650) 355-4122
Places to Picnic
- Baker Beach
- China Beach
- Crissy Field
- East Peak Visitor Center
- Fort Baker
- Laurel Dell
- Muir Beach
- Muir Beach Overlook
- Rodeo Beach
- Rock Spring
- West Fort Miley
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