Alcatraz, Warming Hut, other park facilities remain open amid lapse in federal appropriations


Visitors to the Warming Hut at Crissy Field are seen in a file photo.

Despite a lapse in federal appropriations (also called “government shutdown”) that began on Saturday, December 22, many park sites and visitor facilities in the Golden Gate National Parks remain open.

Also check the National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area website and the Alcatraz Cruises website for updates about openings and closures in the Golden Gate National Parks.

Most visitor facilities at Alcatraz Island, the Presidio, the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, and Crissy Field will remain open during regular business hours. Staff members of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, and Alcatraz Cruises will continue to operate those facilities and park sites.

Fort Point and the Marin Headlands Visitor Center will remain closed during the lapse in federal appropriations. Many parking lots, restrooms, and visitor facilities will also be closed, including at Ocean Beach, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.

At Lands End, the Merrie Way and Navy Memorial lots will be closed but visitors can park in the Sutro Heights parking lot on the south side of Point Lobos Ave., or along Point Lobos Ave. itself. The Lands End Lookout will remain open during regular business hours.

At Alcatraz, day tour programs will continue, but there will be no night tour programs. 

Most volunteer programs in the parks will be canceled, please check our volunteer pages and your email for updated information.

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