A park ranger leads a program at Alcatraz Island
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Ranger Oliver Goodman was raised in a family where "nobody hiked, nobody camped," but attending protests and participating in community events were a part of everyday family life. Alcatraz immediately struck him.
The view from the Alcatraz Cruises boat to Alcatraz Island.
Get a sneak peek at new things to find on the island as we celebrate 50 years of Alcatraz being open to the public as a national park site.
Seal Rocks seen in the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco's Lands End.
A sign at Lands End states: "Terrains that have been shaped by human activity in response to nature have a name—cultural landscapes." Here's a sampling of what you can learn on one of our member tours of the area.
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from China Beach.
China Beach, the small, sandy cove nestled between Baker Beach and Lands End, isn’t just a hidden gem, it’s a prized jewel.
A sunset photo of the rainbow pride flag flying in the parks.
Gateways Article
Time travel is a walk in the park in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). For Pride Month and beyond, let’s make our way through some of the queer history in the parks. In more recent history, our park sites existed as military bases and fortifications—see the batteries and...
A historical photo of an Alcatraz Island inmate watering a garden bed.
Learn about the stories of Alcatraz Island's incarcerated gardeners.
An Alcatraz inmate gardener stands in a rose garden on Officer's Row.
Our Work
Before human settlement, Alcatraz had only a thin deposit of soil that supported sparse native grasses and shrubs. The island was first inhabited in the mid 1800s when it was used as an army fortress, but it soon transitioned into a military prison in 1861. In an effort to make...
People hiking down a winding path at Rancho Corral de Tierra.
Gateways Article
On Oct. 27, 1972, a collection of former military, private, and public lands spanning three Bay Area counties was united and officially designated as public parklands for all. Those lands are the Golden Gate National Recreation Area , and we're celebrating the milestone 50 th anniversary year of their founding!...
NPS Park Ranger gives a presentation to visitors at the Presidio Campfire Circle
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Presidio Visitor Center
This half-mile, level walk shows the historical changes to the Presidio, from the Spanish fort all the way to the new Tunnel Tops. Who benefitted from these changes, and who did not?
the green outline of Mt. Tamalpais is viewed against a blue sky. The photo is taken at an oblique angle, a trail leads from the bottom right among some white patches of fog.
Think you know the Golden Gate National Recreation Area ? Watch this video to test your knowledge and see where these parks are headed in the next 50 years and beyond. We need your support to make it there: Donate today . Find out more about the history of the...