Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Planning Your Visit

Welcome

Muir Woods National Monument offers a quiet sanctuary in a growing urban setting. Known for its giant old growth stand of coast redwood trees, people from all over the world come to visit this special ecosystem.

To help plan your visit to the National Monument, you will find information on directions, operating hours, fees, activities available during your visit, typical weather conditions, and a downloadable trail map.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, including holidays.

Approximate closing times for the year:

  • Last Sunday of January: 6 p.m.
  • Second Sunday of March: 8 p.m.
  • Third Sunday of September: 7 p.m.
  • Second Sunday of October: 6 p.m.
  • First Sunday of November: 5 p.m.

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees

Adult* (16 years of age and older): $5

Children (15 years of age and under): FREE

Muir Woods Annual** Pass: $20

* Entrance fee also valid for same-day use at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA

** This pass is good for 12 months. It admits the pass holder and all accompanying passengers in a private vehicle to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, CA and John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA.

Commercial Operators, please click here to learn more about bringing clients to Muir Woods National Monument.

Directions

Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1 / Stinson Beach Exit. Follow the signs to Muir Woods. Roads to the park are steep and winding. Vehicles over 35 feet long are prohibited. Parking space is very limited and fills quickly on most days. There are no RV parking facilities.

Please refer to Traffic and Travel Tips and Travel Advisories for more detailed directions from the San Francisco, Berkeley/ Oakland, San Rafael/ Santa Rosa, and Stinson Beach/ Olema areas.

Using Computer and Internet Maps
Muir Woods National Monument does not have a street address of the type used by search engines such as mapquest and yahoo maps. Because of this, map searches often direct people to the center of a ZIP code, which in the case of Muir Woods is several miles away. Always look at the map carefully to see if the destinations are actually labeled Muir Woods. Sometimes our address works, and sometimes it doesn't. Please be aware of this when using a map search engine.

If you are able to enter GPS coordinates into your search engine, the entrance to Muir Woods National Monument can be located at:
Latitude: 37.8989199 (North)
Longitude: -122.57051 (West)

Muir Woods mailing address: Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA, 94941-2696

Try these "street" names as alternatives to "Muir Woods National Monument" that have worked for users in the past:
"Muir Woods Trail"
"Muir Woods"
"Frank Valley Rd."

Travel Advisory

To find out the latest information on road construction and detours in the area please visit Caltrans.

Traffic & Travel Tips

From San Francisco, Peninsula, or South Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Highway 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Exit Highway 1/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The Muir Woods parking lot will be at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right.

From Berkeley, Oakland, or East Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Interstate 80 East from the Bay Bridge.
  • Exit Interstate 580 West for the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge
  • Exit Hwy 101 South
  • Exit Highway 1/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The Muir Woods parking lot will be at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right.

From San Rafael, Santa Rosa, or North Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Highway 101 South
  • Exit Highway 1/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The Muir Woods parking lot will be at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right.

From Stinson Beach, Olema, or Highway 1 North to Muir Woods

  • Take Panoramic Highway from Stinson Beach.
  • Turn Right at Muir Woods (Frank Valley) Road.
  • Drive about 1 mile to the Muir Woods parking lot.