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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-4700
(415) 561-4710 (fax)
Park Description
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. Established in 1972, as part of a trend to make national park resources more accessible to urban populations and bring “parks to the people”, GGNRA’s 75,398 acres of land and water extend north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Tomales Bay in Marin County and south to San Mateo County, encompassing 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline. These lands represent one of the nation’s largest coastal preserves and attract 16 million visitors each year, making GGNRA one of the National Park Service most highly visited units. The park contains numerous historical and cultural resources, including Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Nike Missile Site, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco. These sites contain a variety of archeological sites, military forts and other historic structures which present a rich chronicle of two hundred years of history, including Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier, the Mexican Republic, evolution of American coastal fortifications, maritime history, 18th century and early 20th century agriculture, military history, California Gold Rush, Buffalo Soldiers, and the growth of urban San Francisco.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is also rich in natural resources—it is comprised of 19 separate ecosystems in 7 distinct watersheds and is home to 1,273 plant and animal species. With 80 sensitive, rare, threatened, or endangered species —including the Northern Spotted Owl, California Red-legged Frog, and Coho Salmon— the park has the fourth largest number (33) of federally protected or endangered species of all units in the National Park System.

Hours of Operation: The Park is accessible all the time but the visitor's centers have limited hours.

Presidio Visitor Center

Open Open All Year 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone (415) 561-4323

Location Located on the main post at 102 Montgometry & Lincoln Blvd. on the Presidio of San Francisco.

Closures Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The William Penn Mott, Jr. Visitor Center is currently located at the Officer's Club on the main post.

Pacific West Regional Information Center

Open Open All Year Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Phone (415) 561-4700

Location The Pacific West Region Information Center is located on the first floor of building #201 at Fort Mason. Fort Mason, the headquarters for the GGNRA, is located at the cross streets of Bay and Franklin, in San Francisco.

Closures The information center is closed on holidays and weekends.

Marin Headlands Visitor Center

Open Open All Year 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Phone (415) 331-1540

Location The Marin Headlwands Visitor Cetner is located in the historic Fort Barry Chapel, at the intersection of Field and Bunker Roads. The Visitor Center is approximately 3 miles from either entrance to the Marin Headlands.

Closures Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

NIKE Missile Site

Phone (415) 331-1453

Location Near the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. For more information and directions call (415) 331-1453.

Closures Closed on holidays (including Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day...)

Exhibits Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Imagine serving as a soldier here at a tense time in our nation's history. On-leash pets are welcome. Building above ground are accessible. Crissy Field Center

Open Open All Year Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Phone (415) 561-7690

Location Crissy Field Center 603 Mason at Halleck, Presidio

Fees: No entry fees for this park
Metro Region: San Francisco, CA
Park Management: Federal

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