Surf pounding the rocky Pacific Coast shoreline north of the Point Bonita Lighthouse makes it clear why a lighthouse was necessary at the mouth of San Francisco Bay. The Point Bonita Light was first lit in 1855; it still is an active lighthouse, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard yet stationed within Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration. Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers—artist and math Ph.D.— are opening an installation called Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.
How will the dog walking public feel about special regulations for them at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California? The next two months will provide some insights as the park takes public comment on its preferred alternative for managing dogs in the NRA.
Storms spawned by the El Nino weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean have prompted closures of some areas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California due to safety concerns.
The winter schedule is in place for cruises to San Francisco's notorious Alcatraz Prison with daily departures as well as night trips five days of the week.
Your trip to Alcatraz Island might offer more than a look at the famed old prison in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It just might give you a front-row seat to Great White sharks on the hunt, as was the case recently for passengers waiting to leave dock.
In an ongoing effort to come up with rules for beach fires at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, park officials have scheduled a public meeting for September 24 to go over proposed guidelines and permitting.
Nightmarish parking conditions might dissuade all but the most resolute from visiting Muir Woods National Monument, but it’s absolutely worth the hassle. Once you leave your rig behind you will disappear into the coolness of the tall trees. Meld with the moss; it’s a great way to spend a fall day. As for parking, help is on the way.
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.