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Muir Beach will be closed July 8–late November (see update below), while the parking lot is realigned and wetlands restored. The parking lot, all parking in the area, and all services, including restrooms, will be closed during construction. The Pelican Inn will remain open, as well as trails leading from other areas of the park to Muir Beach, such as Tennessee Valley and Dias Ridge. With the parking lot closed and all services and restrooms removed from the area, park users are encouraged to continue along the trail; extended stops at the beach are not recommended during this time.
To learn more about other beaches and special places to visit in the parks this summer, visit www.parksconservancy.org/visit. Don’t forget—summer is the busiest time of the year for road, trail, and habitat restoration projects in the parks, so it’s always a good idea to plan your summer outings ahead of time. For updates on detours, closures, and re-openings, visit www.parksconservancy.org/closures.
Although this may seem like a real summer-bummer, there’s plenty of good news that comes with the summer’s closure! When the area reopens in late fall, visitors will see dramatic improvements—a newly surfaced and realigned parking lot, new vault toilets, new picnic area, and an extension of the current pedestrian bridge.
Most importantly, this summer’s work will complete the connection of Redwood Creek to its natural channel and floodplain! This is part of the Parks Conservancy’s long-term partnership with the National Park Service to restore the entire Redwood Creek Watershed, into Muir Woods and Dias Ridge, to protect wetland habitat for threatened and endangered species, such as Coho salmon and California red-legged frog.
Many thanks to Muir Beach neighbors and park visitors for your continued patience and support!
Update: The contractors have extended the opening date to mid-December.