Muir Woods Parking and Reservation System in Effect

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Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by MCVB Staff

Muir Woods Parking and Shuttle Reservations Required

To improve the visitor experience and enhance the protection of park resources, the National Park Service has launched a parking and shuttle reservation system at Muir Woods National Monument. Parking and shuttle reservations at Muir Woods National Monument began in 2018.


All vehicles and shuttle passengers arriving at 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.

Parking and shuttle reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance online at or by calling 1-800-410-2419. A portion of reservations will be released five days before they can be used to give locals and last-minute planners the opportunity to visit. Visitors will have the option to reserve either a vehicle parking space for $8.50 per car or a seat on the shuttle for $3.25 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 $15 park admission entrance fee in addition to any parking or shuttle reservation fees.

 For visitors driving a car, the shuttle can be boarded at the Pohono Park & Ride lot where parking is available at 100 Shoreline Highway near Sausalito - on weekends/holidays only. 

Users are urged to download or print their parking or shuttle reservations in advance because of the lack of Wi-Fi or cell phone service at or near Muir Woods.

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.

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: 
There is NO cell phone service or WiFi at or around Muir Woods National Monument. Download your parking reservation or shuttle ticket in advance.
If you plan to take a taxi service, please plan for a ride out before you arrive at the park. Fun note: If you bring quarters, you can experience using one of the country's last remaining payphones.

Options on how to get to Muir Woods

Best Option: Make your parking reservation through There are approximately 232 parking spaces in Muir Woods, and anywhere between 500 to 925 parking reservations available each day.

Next Best Option: Ride the Muir Woods Shuttle on all weekends and holidays. Additionally, the shuttle runs from Sausalito and the Marin City Hub on weekdays during the peak summer season between June and August.  Visitors can catch Marin Transit Route 66F from the Sausalito Ferry terminal to the Marin City Hub location on weekends which runs as frequently as every 10 minutes, depending on the time of year. 

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

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. No reservations are required if walking or biking into the woods.

Muir Woods Operating Hours & Seasons

Muir Woods is open 365 days a year!

November 3, 2019 - December 31, 2019 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

January 1, 2020 - February 14, 2020
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

February 15, 2020 - April 3, 2020
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

April 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

May 16, 2020 - August 14, 2020 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

August 15, 2020 - September 25, 2020 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

September 26, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.


Traffic Alerts for Muir Woods  

Muir Woods 
Due to construction at Muir Woods, your parking space may be up to a quarter-mile walk from the entrance to Muir Woods. 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: