Muir Woods Reservation System Reopens June 29, 2020

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Posted Friday, June 26, 2020 by MCVB Staff

COVID-19 advisory beginning June 29th

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the National Park Service is restoring recreational access to Muir Woods National Monument beginning Monday, June 29, 2020. 
Muir Woods will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking requires an advanced reservation. Park entrance fee collection, as well as limited food and gift services, will be open.  
Visitors must make parking reservations through GoMuirWoods.com ahead of their visit and are strongly encouraged to prepay their entrance fee through this website. The park entrance fee is $15 for adults and the standard vehicle reservation fee is $8.50. 
Face coverings are not required but are highly recommended if visitors are not able to socially distance on trails or in different areas of the park.

Visitors will experience some new safety precautions: 

  • To minimize crowding and group gathering, no park ranger tours or talks will be offered. The Muir Woods staff will focus on greeting and orienting visitors. 
  • The Muir Woods trail system is ideal for safe distancing. The park is instituting a one-way direction of travel on some trails to minimize close contact. Signs will assist visitors with safety tips on ways to socially distance. 
  • The parking reservation capacity has been reduced by approximately 50% to allow for increased social distancing. As a result, visitors will have a quiet and uncrowded experience exploring the forest. 
  • All buses and RVs smaller than 30 feet will be managed within the existing parking reservation system. 
  • There will be no Muir Woods shuttle – it has been suspended to minimize visitor exposure in confined spaces. We are working closely with Marin Transit on other options to provide transportation services for visitors traveling without cars. 
  • Restrooms will remain open for visitors to use during their time at Muir Woods.

 

Muir Woods Parking at 50% and Shuttle Service Suspended 

To improve the visitor experience beginning on June 29, 2020, under the COVID-19 restrictions, and to enhance the protection of park resources, the National Park Service has updated its parking reservation system. 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Park hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking reservations are still required via GoMuirWoods.com ahead of your visit. 

Please ensure you have a printout or downloaded copy of your parking voucher before arriving.
Staff from Ace Parking, which manages the Muir Woods parking reservation system, will be practicing safe distancing. Please do your part to minimize close contact and conversation.

Muir Woods has an entry fee. Please buy your entry ticket online via the GoMuirWoods.com website to avoid waiting in line and to minimize the number of transactions for staff on site.

We are currently limiting our visitor capacity to keep Muir Woods a safe place for all. Face coverings are highly recommended and we are asking visitors to practice social distancing. Hand washing is available in the plaza restrooms and the giftshop restrooms.


The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy bookstore is not open at this time. Consider purchasing online at https://store.parksconservancy.org/.


The Muir Woods Trading Company is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Observe safety requirements for the gift shop and café. As per county restrictions, do not bring reusable bags. The café is open with outdoor patio seating only. Face coverings are required to enter the concessionaire facilities.

Rangers are available to answer brief orientation questions and to contact first responders in the case of emergencies.

The following services are not available at this time:

  • Ranger talks & tours
  • Close photos with park rangers
  • Muir Woods Shuttle


The park is instituting a one-way direction of travel on some trails to minimize close contact. Signs will assist visitors with safety tips on ways to socially distance.

The Redwood Creek Trail (“main trail”) is a one-way, counter-clockwise loop from Bridge 1 to Bridge 3. A half-hour loop from Bridge 1 to Bridge 2 is also available.

The Hillside Trail is one-way from Bridge 4 to Bridge 2.
View a map of Muir Woods at https://www.nps.gov/muwo/planyourvisit/maps.htm.

Parking Reservation Fees
$8.50 Standard Vehicle
$30.00 Medium Vehicle
$45.00 Large Vehicle

Park Entrance Fee
$15.00 per adult (16 years and older)
Free - child (15 years and younger)
Entrance fees may be purchased in advance with your reservation or upon arrival at the park. A list of national park fee-free days can be found at nps.gov.

Park Hours
Operating hours vary by season, view the hours at the Muir Woods website nps.gov/muwo
Visitor Center Hours
8:00 am to 30 minutes before the park closes
Muir Woods Trading Company and Cafe Hours
9:00 am to an hour before the park closes


Traffic Alerts for Muir Woods  

Muir Woods 
Alerts: Please plan accordingly, and thank you for your patience as the National Park Service works to improve the visitor experience.

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

Weather-Related Alerts and Closures:
https://www.nps.gov/muwo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm