Muir Woods Parking and Reservation System Required Beginning January 16, 2018

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Posted Saturday, January 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff

Muir Woods Parking and Shuttle Reservations Begin January 16, 2018

To improve visitor experience and enhance the protection of park resources, the National Park Service is launching a parking and shuttle reservation system at Muir Woods National Monument. Parking and shuttle reservations at Muir Woods National Monument will begin on January 16, 2018

All vehicles and shuttle passengers arriving to Muir Woods will be subject to the reservation system. Visitors arriving by commercial carrier – or on foot or bicycle – will not be required to use the reservation system or pay fees associated with it.

The system will launch January 1, at which point parking and shuttle reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance on a rolling basis. Visitors will have the option to reserve either a vehicle parking space for $8 per car or a seat on the shuttle for $3 per adult (16 years and older). A vehicle or shuttle reservation provides the visitor with a timed arrival with no restriction on the length of stay for the remainder of the day. Visitors age 16 or older are required to pay a $10 park admission entrance fee in addition to any parking or shuttle reservation fees.

The reservation system will proactively manage parking and visitor flow to protect the health of Muir Woods and the Redwood Creek watershed and effectively address overcrowding, traffic congestion, and parking issues. Under the new reservation system, annual visitation is expected to be reduced to under one million from an estimated 1.2 million visitors.

The shuttle will run on all weekends and holidays, and on weekdays during peak summer season. Commercial carriers will be required to make advance reservations through a separate system managed through Reservations for commercial parking spaces are anticipated to begin in late spring 2018.

Stay Informed 
For more information on the Muir Woods parking and shuttle reservation system please visit
Sign up here to receive periodic updates on the reservation system including the launch date and other important details.

General information: No Cell Service or WiFi.
If you plan to take a taxi service, please plan for a ride out before you arrive at the park, there is no cell service or WiFi at Muir Woods. If you bring quarters, you can experience using one of the country's last remaining pay phones.

Prepare for your walk in the redwoods prior to January 16, 2018 

Learn how to make the most of your visit to Muir Woods - where to hike and how to safely find parking. Muir Woods is open 365 days a year, and currently, no reservations are required to visit. By winter 2018, be prepared for the new reservation system to be in place that will manage motorized vehicle access to reduce peak visitation levels! Read more below. 

Muir Woods is extremely popular and parking is extremely limited. Carpool, arrive early (between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.) or late (one to two hours prior to closing) and read our other suggestions for making your visit to this peaceful forest a peaceful visit.

How do I get to Muir Woods prior to January 16, 2018?

Best Option: Ride the Muir Woods Shuttle, weekends only, from April - October 2017. And weekdays (Route 66F, Sausalito Ferry & Marin City only), too, from June 20 - August 12. Check back for their 2018 schedule.

Next Best OptionLocal tour companies bring groups to Muir Woods from San Francisco and Sausalito on a daily basis. 

Arrive early

Third Option: You may drive your own vehicle, but be aware the parking is limited and fills up quickly.

Alternate (adventurous!) Options: Take a combination of public transit and a little hiking - be sure to update the day and time of your visit on that website. Or, take a taxi!

Muir Woods Operating Hours & Seasons

The Visitor Center closes 30 minutes before Muir Woods.
Muir Woods Trading Company Gift Shop and Cafe close one hour before Muir Woods.
Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Stinson Beach close one hour after sunset.

Operating Hours

October 8, 2017 - November 4, 2017 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November 5, 2017 - January 27, 2018 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

January 28, 2018 - March 10, 2018 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

March 11, 2018 - September 15, 2018 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Septmeber 16, 2018 - October 13, 2018 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

October 14, 2018 - November 3, 2018 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November 4, 2018 - January 26, 2019 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Traffic Alerts for Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore 

Muir Woods and main roads are open except Highway 1 which is closed from one mile north of Muir Beach at Slide Ranch to 0.2 miles south of Stinson Beach (Marin County) due to mudslide removal. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route if traveling from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach.  Vehicles traveling on Muir Woods Rd (which is open) may not exceed 17 ft in length or 96 inches in width.

Point Reyes Trail Advisories and ClosuresPlease observe all trail closures and barriers. Trails are closed for a variety of reasons, such as for visitor safety, to protect endangered species, to prevent erosion, and/or to allow new sections of trail to harden.

For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.

Weather Related Alerts and Closures: