351. Muir Woods

The fact that it took me until Post #351 to blog about Muir Woods says nothing about how much I love the place or how many times I’ve been. It’s just that it’s such a popular spot that I kept waiting for a less busy time of the year to go photograph and write about it. To no avail! It was as busy today as it is on any Summer weekend, and for good reason. It was a spectacular day and for anyone with holiday visitors, the perfect destination.

The holiday visitor I was squiring around today was my dad and it turns out he has a really valuable pass that he bought years ago in Yosemite. It’s the Golden Age Pass and it’s a lifetime free pass  to any national park. So, since Muir Woods is part of the National Park Service, he and his guest (me) got free entry.

Since parking is so limited at Muir Woods, I have two suggestions. The first is get there very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and that way you’ll be able to park in one of the two lots. Otherwise, if it’s a weekend from May through September, try taking the shuttle from Sausalito. The National Park Service also has a brochure on carless transportation to Muir Woods.

Where: Muir Woods National Monument (map)

Hours: Opens daily at 8:00 am

Closing Time is between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm depending on the time of year


  • $5/adult (rising to $7/adult on 1/1/12)
  • Children 15 and under: FREE
  • There are also 17 free entrance days in 2012:

• January 14-16 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
• April 21-29 National Park Week
• June 9 Get Outdoors Day
• September 29 National Public Lands Day
• November 10-12 Veterans Day weekend

Muir Woods National Monument website

About Anne Mosnier Kennedy (374 Articles)
Real Estate Broker / Cal-Haas MBA / Architect / Real Estate Investment Instructor

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