Road Closures and Park Updates


Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 by MCVB Staff

Get the Holiday Memo on Water Safety, Fireworks Ban

Have fun on the Fourth of July in buoyant and non-combustible ways.

San Rafael, CA – Some safety messaging sounds like a broken record, but sometimes the repetition saves lives. The Marin County Fire Department, Marin County Parks and first-responders from local agencies are preparing for a busy summer and Fourth of July holiday by urging everyone to practice water safety around the ocean, bay and pools, and practice abstinence on fireworks.



Trail Closures in GGNRA's Marin Headlands

San Francisco, CA - On June 7, 2019, in collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) will close a series of trails and fire roads in and around Oakwood Valley Trail, Alta Fire Road, Rodeo Valley Fire Road, and Bobcat Trail. These areas, within the Marin Headlands unit, will be closed to all visitor access for the next 30-45 days. This will ensure visitor safety during the replacement of power lines which provide power to the City of Sausalito and all park lands in the Marin Headlands.

For detailed information go here


Traffic Alerts for Point Reyes National Seashore
Update: Point Reyes Lighthouse Area Closure Is Extended Until ~Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In the summer of 2018, Point Reyes National Seashore undertook a large restoration project on the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse. During this project, all areas beyond (e.g., west of) the Point Reyes Lighthouse's visitors' parking lot—including the visitor center, the lighthouse and the stairs leading down to the lighthouse—are closed to all entry. The lighthouse is not visible from the parking lot. Bookmark and visit this blog regularly to learn about the latest restoration news and information about how the restoration may impact visitation to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

The contractor has notified the park that the restoration project will not be completed by early summer 2019. As a result, the temporary closure of all areas beyond (e.g., west of) the Lighthouse Visitors' Parking Lot will be extended until October 1, 2019.
Determination of Temporary Closure - extended from Friday, June 21, 2019, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (coming soon)
Map of the temporary closure in the Point Reyes Lighthouse Area - Monday, August 6, 2018, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Point Reyes Trail Advisories and Closures: Please 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 more park alerts please check here before venturing out!

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

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Road Closure Updates

Friday, May 10, 2019: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) will implement phase two of a traffic pilot program to relieve congestion, improve safety and parking, and enhance the visitor experience on Marin Headlands roadways. This traffic plan will be in effect through mid-fall, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Fleet Week.

On weekends and holidays, visitors who want to drive to the Marin Headlands must enter through the Baker-Barry Tunnel on Bunker Road and exit via the one-way eastbound Conzelman Road. (Conzelman Road will convert from two-way travel to one-way travel in the eastbound direction between McCullough Road and Alexander Avenue, with a portion of the remaining travel lane dedicated for visitor parking seven days a week). Motorists can help relieve congestion in the Alexander Avenue, Conzelman Road, and Marin Headlands corridor by avoiding the area or by using the Rodeo or Spencer Avenue entrances and exits on Highway 101. 

Bicyclists will not be subject to these restrictions and may continue to ride in both directions.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout this area and visitors can expect delays entering and leaving the Marin Headlands during the summer months and holidays. During phase two of the traffic pilot, drivers will be able to use the Baker-Barry Tunnel in both directions on weekdays. The park will continue observation of traffic patterns and initiate signage improvements in stages over the course of the summer and fall.