The Muir Woods Reservation System, Explained

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Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura

 

The famous Marin County redwood forests of Muir Woods are an absolute must-visit for anyone who loves nature. But to keep this national monument pristine, the park instituted a Muir Woods parking and reservation system earlier this year. All vehicles and shuttles entering Muir Woods now require a reservation for entry. Fortunately, these reservations are affordable and easy to make—and still not required of visitors arriving on foot or by bicycle.

 

The reservation system helps protect the park’s irreplaceable natural beauty, as Muir Woods now draws nearly a million visitors annually. Reservations for parking spots ($8) and shuttle rides ($3, kids 15 and under free) can be placed up to 90 days in advance of your trip at GoMuirWoods.com, or by calling 1-800-410-2419. The reservations system also gives you the option of purchasing your Muir Woods entrance fee, which applies to anyone 16 and older.

 

It’s easy to make Muir Woods parking or shuttle reservations online. Select the date you’d like to visit on the calendar in the top right corner, then click the Reserve Now button. You’ll have the option to choose the number of seats or vehicle spots you’ll need before making your shuttle or parking spot reservations.

 

Be sure to print or download your reservations after you’ve made them, as there is no Wi-Fi or cellphone service at the natural getaway of Muir Woods. You’re encouraged to make reservations as early as possible, particularly for holiday or weekend visits.

 

The Muir Woods shuttle is your most convenient and affordable option during the peak summer months, and is available on weekends and holidays all year round. Weekday shuttle service is offered during that peak summer visiting season (June 18 to Aug. 10, 2018). The weekday and weekend shuttles do operate a little differently, but both give you the enticing option of taking the Sausalito Ferry from San Francisco and across the scenic bay for a truly unforgettable Marin County experience.

 

The popular weekend shuttle originates from Sausalito’s Pohono Street Park and Ride, and runs every 10 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays plus Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (That shuttle runs every 20 minutes on weekends after Labor Day). Parking at Pohono Street Park and Ride is complimentary with your shuttle reservation, though the shuttle reservation must be placed in advance.

 

The weekday shuttles, which continue through Aug. 10, 2018, start daily at 8:45 a.m and run every 30 minutes.  You can catch the shuttle from either the Sausalito Ferry stop or Sausalito’s Marin Gateway Shopping Center, though be aware that neither offers parking. But both are accessible via the West Marin Stagecoach and Golden Gate Transit bus public transit systems, and the Sausalito Ferry stop is of course right next to the Golden Gate Ferry station.

 

That’s right, you can take a ferry boat from San Francisco, ride across the bay, and get picked up by the Muir Woods shuttle in Sausalito. It’s a picturesque day for San Francisco visitors, combining the most beautiful sights of both the land and the sea, and leaving all of the driving to someone else.

 

Muir Woods’ operating hours begin at 8 a.m. every day of the week. The park remains open until 8 p.m. through Sept. 15, then until 7 p.m. through Oct. 13, until 6 p.m. through Nov. 3, and until 5 p.m. for the remainder of the year and into January 2019.

 

Muir Woods is an incomparably magical forest experience, and you’ll want to get to know the nearby magic of restaurants and places to stay in Marin County. So make reservations to visit the renowned Muir Woods National Monument, a famed forest that you’ll find to be your neck of the woods. 

 

For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.

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