Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the scenic drives or particular points of interest. If time permits, you could take a longer hike, participate in a Junior Ranger program, recreate in one of our picturesque sites or consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about these special places. Guided walks and tours occur at various locations.

Pre-trip planning is important. Most of the basic information you will need is available on this website. Below are a few quick-links to some of the more often sought information.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area protecting 82,027 acres of ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of the park is land formerly used by the United States Army

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.

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