Safety Reminders From The Golden Gate National Park Service

Many areas of the park, including its beaches and coastal areas, will be extremely busy this holiday weekend. Prepare for congestion & parking lot closures. If you decide to visit, plan ahead & follow these tips to ensure you have a fun and safe time.


  • Check the forecast and local surf conditions if you plan to enjoy Independence Day along the water. Warm weather doesn't mean it's safe to swim. Dangerous surf exists at Bay Area beaches year-round.


  • Never turn your back to the ocean, avoid swimming alone, and keep kids close to adults. If you decide to get in the water, know how to spot and escape a rip current. Learn more to here:


  • Many of our trails run alongside coastal bluffs and cliffs. Stay on the pathway in these areas. Some cliff edges are unstable and can fall. Never stand on a cliff's edge and abide by signs warning of unstable ground.


  • We expect many parking areas to reach capacity and temporarily close over the weekend. Carpool, bike, take public transit, or use a rideshare service whenever possible. Do not park in fire lanes, residential zones, or along road shoulders, where you can be ticketed. 


  • Parking alerts for 4th of July weekend. South end lots will be CLOSED. Vista Point lot OPEN until 5pm on the 4th, & will remain closed until the fireworks are over. More info on parking here:


  • Lastly, the best tool for planning a visit to our park is the #NPSApp. You can browse an interactive map to find out what’s nearby, find info about physically accessible spaces, & keep up to date with what’s happening in the park. Visit for more information:



About The Golden Gate National Park Service:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1972 to offer a national park experience to a diverse urban population, while preserving and interpreting the park's outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values. 

One of the largest urban parks in the world, GGNRA welcomes over 17 million visitors a year. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and Rancho Corral de Tierra. GGNRA also includes significant historical and natural resources and houses the largest museum collection in the National Park Service. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park.