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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Contact Info
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone:
415-561-4700
Basics
Type:
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Description

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.

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Facilities

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

Special Programs
The Center acknowledges the interdependence of peoples, cultures and environments and therefore encourages socially and ecologically responsible actions that respect the earth and its natural and urban communities. The physical and social landscape of the Crissy Field area has taken on many different faces, from the Native Americans to today's National Park. At each phase in history, the environment was impacted in a significant way. The Crissy Field Center seeks to recognize this history in an innovative approach to environmental education, using the resources of our National Park. The building was completely renovated using sustainable building materials. Today, the Center includes a media lab, resource library, arts workshop, urban ecology lab, gathering room, and kitchen-providing fun, provocative and educational experiences for people of all ages.

Available Facilities
Administration Phones (all phone numbers are in area code 415): General 561-7690 Administrative Offices 561-7752 Fax 561-7695 Bookstore 561-7761 Café 561-7756 Program Phones (all phone numbers are in area code 415): Community Partner Projects 561-7751 Weekend Workshops & Classes 561-7752 School Programs 561-7763 Parks to People 561-4318

Visitor Centers

Alcatraz Island Visitor Center
Open
Open All Year

Phone
(415) 705-1042

Location
Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. A ferry, located at Pier 41 will take you to the island. Just remember to make your reservation in advance since this popular attraction tends to fill up fast.

Closures
Christmas and New Year's Day. There are various locations on the island that are closed off to the general public certain times of the year, due to the nesting of a variety of sea birds. Please be sure to ask a ranger for more information at the closed areas.

Special Programs
There are various ranger-led programs on a daily basis on Alcatraz. Be sure to check out the ranger programs at the dock as soon as you get off the boat for any of the popular programs on the island. There is also an audio tour that you can get either at the pier or on the island. For more information on ticket reservation call (415) 981-ROCK [415.981.7625] or go to www.alcatrazcruises.com.

Exhibits
Check out website for more information.

Available Facilities
There are limited bathroom facilities on the island. They are located at the dock and at the top of the island. Aside from the limited bathroom facilities, due to the lack of water, there is place where food can be purchase on the island. Picnic areas are designated only at the dock area, to assist in localizing the trash produced and to keep the island clean.

Fort Point Bookstore
Open
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

Phone
(415) 556-1693

Location
The Fort Point Bookstore is located inside the fort, underneath the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the northernmost part of the Presidio.

Closures
Monday through Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Due to the retrofitting of the Golden Gate Bridge there are a few areas that will be closed off to visitation. For your own safety, please stay clear of these areas. If you have questions regarding the restoration, please ask one of the rangers.

Special Programs
There is a cannon loading demonstration, where visitors get a "hands-on" opportunity to learn about the firing of Civil War artillery. There is also a tour of the fort led by one of the staff on a daily basis. If that's not something you're interested in perhaps you may want to try the audio tour of the fort. You can rent these headsets from the Fort Point Bookstore and wander through the fort at your own pace. For more information on the bookstore, please feel free to call (415) 673-5642. For more information on park programs please check out our quarterly ParkNEWS Online.

Exhibits
There are various exhibits within the fort itself, where the Fort Point Bookstore is also located. On the first floor there is an exhibit about the construction and Civil War solider responsibilities. On the second floor there are two photo exhibits. One depiciting the roles of women in the military, Women at War. The other is about the lives of African-American soldiers and their struggle for acceptance. On the third floor there is an exhibit about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit their website for more information.

Available Facilities
At this time there are only portable toilets located outside the fort. To find them walk south from the fort (away from the fort), approximately 140 yards. You will find them just to the right after the lawn.

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.

Special Programs
Rangers answer questions and lead scheduled interpretive walks and programs. For more information on park programs please check out our quarterly ParkNEWS Online.

Exhibits
The Center's exhibits introduce the Headland's natural history and trace the area's human history from the days of the Miwoks through modern times. You can see how a hawk flies and look through a microscope at the hidden life of local ponds. A Miwok shelter invites you inside to listen as present-day Coast Miwok people talk about their lives. A shop carries a good selection of books and field guides about the area.

Available Facilities
Bathroom facilities are available inside the building.

Muir Woods Visitor Center
Open
Open All Year 8:00 AM to sunset

Phone
(415) 388-7368

Location
Muir Woods Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Muir Woods, approximately 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The visitor center is located at the main entrance.

Closures
Last Sunday of January, the park closes at 6:00 PM; the 2nd Sunday of March, the park closes at 7:00 PM; the 1st Sunday of April, the park closes at 8:00 PM; the 2nd Sunday of September, the park closes at 7:00 PM; Last Sunday of October, the park closes at 6:00 PM; the 1st Sunday of November, the park closes at 5:00 PM.

Exhibits
Visit the Muir Woods website for more information.

Special Programs
For more information on park programs please check out our quarterly ParkNEWS Online.

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.

Exhibits
Information about all of the National Parks located in the Pacific West Region can be found in this office. Pamphlets and other visitor information can be found in the room across from the information center. Volunteers are also available to answer questions. Visit their website for more information.

Presidio Visitor Center (Located in the Presidio Officer's Club)
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.

Special Programs
Currently there is a video about William Penn Mott Jr. the namesake of the visitor center, and one of the pioneers of modern park ideas. For more information on park programs please check out our quarterly ParkNEWS Online.

Exhibits
Currently under construction. There are also rotating exhibits as well. Visit their website for more information.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Golden Gate NRA can be reached by Highways 1, 101 and 280 from the north and south San Francisco Bay Area, and by Highway 880 from the East Bay.

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