First "lit" in 1855, the Point Bonita Lighthouse long has worked to keep ships off the shoals as they entered San Francisco Bay. It wasn't always successful. The first edition of the lighthouse was located higher up on a hill, but proved to be too high, as the fog hid the light. The current location was chosen in 1877. It stands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fees to visit Muir Woods National Monument in California will double on January 1, moving from $5 per person to $10, with other fee increases coming to Alcatraz Island and the paid parking area at the Presidio in San Francisco.
A massive gathering of Girl Scouts at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California was the first step in a national movement to get the girls better connected with the National Park System.
A risqué Bud Light campaign that critics said encouraged a culture of rape is not prompting the National Park Service or National Park Foundation to reconsider their centennial partnership with Anheuser-Busch.
The trail climbed steeply uphill, helped by a wooden staircase, and into the trees. The crowds, though, mostly went straight, making our choice easy. Up we went!
With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that's on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco.
How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park?
Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.
2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.
Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.