Plan Your Visits to Marin's National Parks - Traffic Alerts

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Posted Monday, June 26, 2017 by MCVB Staff

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.

All Park Roads are currently open, except for Drakes Beach Road.  Drakes Beach Road has become unstable and a small section has collapsed. The road is closed at the intersection with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Please plan ahead for limited parking in the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas. The western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating. Park personnel are working to get the road open as soon as it can safely be traveled. Expect contractors to be on site in early June with anticipated project completion by mid- to late June. We will keep updating the status of the road as we gain more information. Please stay tuned.

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

Weather Related Alerts and Closures:

Prepare for your walk in the redwoods 

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?

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 2017 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

November 6, 2016 - January 28, 2017 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

January 29, 2017 - March 11, 2017 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

March 12, 2017 - September 16, 2017 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

September 17, 2017 - October 7, 2017 
Muir Woods is open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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. 

Muir Woods Improvement Information - Reservation System in place by Winter 2018

The park service has proposed the Sustainable Access Project to enhance safety, the visitor experience and protection of park resources by reorganizing parking areas, optimizing traffic flow and redesigning the visitor entry plaza. Read more...

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.

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