Muir Woods to launch visitor reservation system next year

Reservations coming to Muir Woods.

Reservations coming to Muir Woods.


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 11.17.17

Muir Woods National Monument, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near San Francisco, will begin to require parking reservations as of January 16, 2018.

All visitors to Muir Woods, regardless of whether they are arriving in a personal vehicle or shuttle, will be subject to the reservation system.

People on commercial tours or on foot or bicycle are not required to use the reservation system or pay its fees.

The system launches on January 1, at which time parking and shuttle reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance on a rolling basis. A reservation for a vehicle parking space will cost $8, a seat on the shuttle will cost $3. A $10 National Park Service entrance fee is also required, excluding those with passes.  Once visitors make a reservation they are given a timed arrival, but have no restrictions on how long they can stay during the remainder of the day.

The National Park Service decided to implement the system to address overcrowding, parking issues, protect park resources and enhance visitor experience.

“Making a parking and shuttle reservation will be fast and easy,” said Deputy Superintendent Carey Feierabend. “The new system will improve the overall visitor experience by allowing visitors to plan their trip in advance while enhancing the protection and preservation of the surrounding natural resources.”

The reservation system will run year-round and reservations will be made through a website and call center.

Under the new system, the park service anticipates annual visitation to drop to under one million from an estimated 1.2 million visitors.

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