Fort Cronkhite and Rodeo Beach

Fort Cronkhite

Located in the Marin Headlands, Fort Cronkhite is nestled at the end of Rodeo Valley, just west of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. The buildings at Fort Cronkhite currently house the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Marine Mammal Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and other organizations.

Once an army installation and part of the Presidio, Fort Cronkhite is now a center for park activities: there is access to the beach, the Point Bonita Light, the visitor center, and miles of beautiful trails.


Plan Your Visit

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Fort Cronkhite Marin County
  • Look for the Marin Headlands Visitor Center’s red spire at Bunker and Field roads. Explore exhibits on the natural and historical resources of Rodeo Valley and the Marin Headlands. Ask park rangers about trails and camping.
  • Spend an afternoon relaxing on Rodeo Beach or surfing its waves.
  • Explore the miles of backcountry trails that meander through coastal hills, and observe birds, butterflies, and bobcats.
  • Visit the Marine Mammal Center to learn about the many fascinating mammalian species that reside in nearby waters.
  • Volunteer with the Conservancy’s Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery and grow plants for vital park restoration projects.
The white chapel building that houses the Marin Headlands Visitor Center
The Marin Headlands Visitor Center is located in the historic Fort Barry Chapel, at the...

Beaches and Basalt
Rodeo Beach at Fort Cronkhite is a great place to marvel at the pretty green and dark-red pebbles that come from pillow basalts and chert—rocks formed on the seafloor and scraped off on the Headlands by plate tectonics.

Fort Cronkhite is a prime representative of the mobilization posts constructed by the Army from 1940–1941. Barracks #1059 is the only restored mobilization barracks in the West. Its interior has been restored to its original appearance, complete with furnishings that reflect its uses during World War II, the Korean War, and the 1960s.


Find your passion through the many events available at the park.

Great blue heron
Sun, Nov 24 9:30am-11:30am
Rodeo Beach/Fort Cronkhite parking lot
Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands
Sun, Dec 01 12:00pm-4:00pm
Battery Townsley

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Upcoming Events

Great blue heron
Sun, Nov 24 9:30am-11:30am
Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands, Rodeo Beach, Rodeo Lagoon/Valley
Birds/Wildlife, Interpretive Walks, Nature/Science, NPS, Tours

Beginning Birding

Explore the shores of Rodeo Lagoon and enjoy local birds with docent Jane Haley! Reservation required, please call (415) 331-1540.

Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands
Sun, Dec 01 12:00pm-4:00pm
Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands

Battery Townsley Open House

Battery Townsley, at Fort Cronkhite, was San Francisco's most extensive--and most secret--World War II military fortification. Come visit...