Golden Gate National Recreation Area — Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

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Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

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National Recreation Area

Operating Hours & Seasons

Most parking lots are open between sunrise to sunset.

Although this urban park is accessible 24 hours a day in most areas, most parking lots are open between sunrise to sunset.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Park Districts

Marin Headlands Visitor Center

Open 9:30am-4pm daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Monday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Tuesday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Thursday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Friday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday:9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Muir Woods National Monument Visitor Center

Muir Woods Visitor Center is open daily at 9am, though its closing hours vary throughout the year. Hours are as follows 9am-5pm from the last Sunday in January 9am-7:30pm from the 2nd Sunday in March 9am-6:30pm from the 3rd Sunday in September 9am-4:30pm from the 1st Sunday in November

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Monday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Tuesday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Wednesday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Thursday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Friday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Saturday:12:00 AM-12:00 AM

Park Entrance

Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point is open Friday-Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday:10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday:10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Park Districts

Park Headquarters William J. Whalen Building Fort Mason

The information desk in the Whalen Building is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday:8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Tuesday:8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday:8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Thursday:8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Friday:8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed

Park Entrance

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita is generally open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. year round. It's best to call the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540 to confirm before making the trip.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:12:30 PM-3:30 PM
  • Monday:12:30 PM-3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday:12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Fees & Passes

    Entrance Fees:

    • $0.00 - Visiting Golden Gate is free except for Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument.
      With the exception of the entrance fee for Muir Woods National Monument and the cost of the ferry to visit Alcatraz Island, there is no fee to visit lands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


    Parks For The People

    Experience a park so rich it supports 19 distinct ecosystems with over 2,000 plant and animal species. Go for a hike, enjoy a vista, have a picnic or learn about the centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, the Mexican Republic, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco. All of this and more awaits you, so get out and find your park.


    Golden Gate National Recreation Area has many sites that span over 60 miles of mostly coastal areas north and south of San Francisco. Park areas can be reached by Highways 1, 101 and 280 from the north and south San Francisco Bay Area, and by Highway 80 from the East Bay. To access park headquarters at Fort Mason, please use the entrance at Franklin and Bay Streets in San Francisco.

    Visitor Centers

    Presidio Visitor Center

    The visitor center is the go to place to find out what is happening and what there is to do in the Presidio. Discovery the Presidio through a large relief map, inspiring video, engaging exhibitions on history and nature, interactive tools, and knowledgeable staff that can help you uncover the incredible array of experiences possible here. Marin Headlands Visitor Center

    Special Programs: Rangers answer questions and lead scheduled interpretive walks and programs. Exhibits: Headland's natural history and human history from the days of the Miwok through modern times. See a hawk fly and look through a microscope at local pond life. A shop carries a selection of books and field guides about the area. Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

    Park Rangers are available to answer questions. Store has a selection of books, apparel, kids items, collectibles and memorabilia. Exhibits: Model of bridge tower used in testing original bridge design, artifacts like rivets and hardhats, Building the Bridge video. Outdoor exhibits in plaza area. Lands End Lookout

    Facilities include visitor information, cafe & gift shop. Exhibits: Indoor exhibits and videos on the natural and cultural history of the Lands End area, Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights. Outdoor 3-D model of Lands End area. Pacific West Regional Information Center

    Information about all of the National Parks located in the Pacific West Region can be found in this center. Pamphlets and other visitor information are in a room across from the information center. Volunteers are available to answer questions.


    Winter is characterized by sporadic rain and cool weather punctuated by brilliant sunshine. In winter the grass greens. Trees and flowers dormant through winter start blooming in late February or early March and last until May or June. By July, summer fog predominates in most coastal areas of the park. Grasses and plants have now turned to the golden brown and muted grays characteristic of California summer and fall. September and October skies are clear and sunshine is abundant everywhere in the park.

    Permits and Reservations Information