Muir Woods National Monument

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2 mi 4 km

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7 mi 12 km

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Muir Woods National Monument celebrates the best that the California Redwoods have to offer. Set aside in 1908 by William and Elizabeth Kent, the park was created to honor early conservationist, explorer, and mountain man John Muir. Delighted by the idea, Muir declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." Protected from development, the national monument is a beautiful and restful place to take in nature's diversity. Visitors to the park will be astounded by the gigantic redwoods and expansive forests of the park.

To learn more about Muir Woods National Monument, visit www.nps.gov.

Details

Visitor Centers:
The Muir Woods Visitor Center and Muir Woods Trading Company Gift Shop and Cafe are open daily. Hours vary by day and season. Check the park's website to see the current hours of operation.

Muir Woods Visitor Center:
  • January-March: Open 8 am to 6 pm.
  • March-September: Open 8 am to 8 pm.
  • September-October: Open 8 am to 7 pm.
  • November-January: Open 8 am to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

Muir Woods National Monument is open 365 days a year from 8 am to sunset. Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Stinson Beach close one hour after Muir Woods. Visit the park's website for more information on current operating hours, conditions, and closures.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping and Lodging

Camping:
There are no campsites in Muir Woods National Monument, but options exist in close proximity to the monument. Golden Gate National Recreation Area maintains four reservable campgrounds, and the Presidio of San Francisco also maintains one campground. Camping is also available in Kirby Cove Campground in the Marin Headlands.

Lodging:
There are no lodging facilities within the Muir Woods National Monument. Accommodations can be found in Golden Gate National Parks, and in the nearby towns outside of the park.

Shops, Shuttles and Tours

Guided Tours:
Muir Woods National Monument offers ranger-led 15-minute talks and guided one-hour tours when staffing permits. Additionally, the park offers two self-guided programs that can be purchased for $1 at the visitor center. To learn more about these programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Shuttles:
The Muir Woods Shuttle is offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays during the summer only. The fare is $5 per person and the fee to enter the park is $7 per person. Visitors can pay this shuttle fare and entrance fee at the visitor center. For more information, click here.

Maps and Guidebooks

To download the official park map and guide to help plan your visit, click here.

Food and Drink

Visitors can choose between two dining options in the park. The Muir Woods Trading Company is a concessionaire facility that serves snacks and meals throughout the day. The Trading Company is located in Mill Valley within the monument. The second option is the Siren Canteen & Cafe. This local eatery is located outside of the monument in Stinson Beach, nestled near the lifeguard tower.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Avatar's Punjabi Burritos Great curried sweet potato burrito with chicken!!
15 Madrona St, Mill Valley CA — (415) 381-8293
La Ginestra Your best bets here are the ravioli, panzanella and pizza. Mmmm! Check out the IJ dining review online by clicking the link ...
Piazza D'Angelo Ristorante Wonderful family run restaurant. Service was top notch, location is beautiful and the food was amazing. I recommend the Burrata appetizer and the bolognese pasta. So tasty!! Enjoy.
22 Miller Ave, Mill Valley CA — (415) 388-2000
Joe's Taco Lounge Try the Street Burger - Bacon and spicy peppers give this burger a kick.
Boo Koo Pro tip on the chicken pho (from my kids) - you can sub out for the wide noodles
25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley CA — (415) 888-8303
Playa I've been here twice since they opened, once had Fish tacos and the second time Carne Asada. Both were terrible. Another expensive restaurant run by affluent white people with no real ethnic flavor.
Kitchen Sunnyside So much variety and TLC put into their dishes. When in doubt, order anything with "Millionaire's Bacon."
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine Bistec Sandwich, extra side of pink mayo, and mariquitas; BOOM.
Tony Tutto Magic Mushroom pizza was amazing!
Off the Grid: Larkspur @ Marin County Mart Join us every Sunday for lunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the trucks and learn who will be serving each day!
The Siren Canteen Frozen Margaritas and Fish Tacos
Stinson Beach, Bolinas CA — (415) 868-1777
Breakers Cafe Over priced and underwhelming
The Lunch Box Salmon Po' Boy is a winner. Cooked to order, and to perfection!
In-N-Out Burger This is like a rich persons In n Out
Piatti The food here is amazing.
Robata Grill Delicious food for an affordable price!
Café Del Soul Marin IJ dining review: A lot of soul and heart at healthy Cafe del Soul
Rustic Bakery Ditto to everyone that recommended the almond croissant. .. especially in the morning when the almond filling is still warm. Yum. (Skip the almond-choco ... it's overkill)
Bbq & Curry House Indian and Pakistani Restaurant Some of the most flavorful food in the Bay Area. Spicy in a great way.

Other Activities

While small in size, the Muir Woods National Monument provides an excellent array of trails. There are trails for a variety of skill levels, ranging from paved paths that are wheelchair and stroller accessible, and more primitive trails leading into the canyon. As Muir Woods is surrounded by California State Park property, many trails that begin in the monument connect with park trails. These can be linked together to provide longer outings for those who wish to spend a full day in the woods. For those looking for other activities in the area, be sure to check out the many options for mountain biking in the Golden Gate National Recreation area and the awesome opportunities for rock climbing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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