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For thousands of years, Native Americans called the Ohlone managed and harvested the natural bounty of what is now the Presidio. In 1776, Spanish soldiers and missionaries arrived, forever disrupting Ohlone culture and beginning 218 years of military use of the area just south of the Golden Gate.

The Presidio served as a military post under the flags of Spain (1776-1822), Mexico (1822-48), and the United States (1848-1994). As a U.S. Army post, the Presidio protected commerce and trade, and played a logistical role in every major U.S. military conflict over the last 150 years. World events and those on the home front - from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to natural disasters - left their mark here.

On October 1, 1994, the Presidio became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Since 1998, the Presidio has been jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust. The Presidio Trust is a special public-private governmental agency tasked with managing most of the buildings of the Presidio and making the park financially self-sufficient by 2013.

Today, visitors can enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Within its 1,480 acres are more than 500 historic buildings, a collection of coastal defense fortifications, a national cemetery, an historic airfield, a saltwater marsh, forests, beaches, native plant habitats, coastal bluffs, miles of hiking and biking, and some of the most spectacular vistas in the world.

   

CONTACTS

Email - will_elder@NPS.gov

Fax- (415) 561-4310

Write to
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

- or -
William Penn Mott Jr. Visitor Center
Building 102, Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone
Visitor Information - (415) 561-4323
Visitor Information (TTY) - (415) 561-4314
Headquarters - (415) 561-4323

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
The park is open year-round. Information on points of interest and Presidio history is available at the Visitor Center located in Building 102, Montgomery Street. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years days.

Getting There
PLANE - San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International Airports service the San Francisco Bay area.

CAR - The Presidio can be reached from the north by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge (Highways 1 and 101); from the east by way of Lombard Street (Highway 101); and from the south via Highway 1.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) buses serve the Presidio via the 28, 29, 43 and 82X lines. Bus service from the North Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza is available through Golden Gate Transit. Commercial cable car buses are available from Fisherman's Wharf.

Weather & Climate
The climate tends to be windy and cool throughout much of the year. Summers are foggy, with the best weather in spring and fall. Dress in layers. Hiking boots are appropriate in some areas.

Accessibility
The visitor center and Main Post area are wheelchair accessible. Parking exists for people with mobility impairments.

CAMPING

Rob Hill Campground
Open All Year
Campground offers two group campsites (maximum 30 campers each). Reservations can be made through the Presidio Trust Special Events Office.
For More Information on this campground please call (415) 561-5444

FACILITIES

Visitor Centers
WILLIAM PENN MOTT JR. VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone - (415)561-4323
Location - Building 102, Montgomery Street
Closures - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years days
Exhibits - Rotating exhibits
Available Facilities - Theater

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Presidio National Park.
 Campgrounds Near Presidio National Park:
Mountain Camp, San Francisco, 0 miles away
The Presidio National Park - Rob Hill Group, San Francisco, 3 miles away
Angel Island State Park - Ridge, Belvedere Tiburon, 3 miles away
Angel Island State Park - Sunrise, San Francisco, 3 miles away
Angel Island State Park - East Bay, Belvedere Tiburon, 4 miles away
Kirby Cove Campground, Marin County, 4 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Kirby Cove, Sausalito, 5 miles away
 Marinas Near Presidio National Park:
Pier Marina, San Francisco , 3 miles away
Grohmann Marina, San Francisco , 4 miles away
Treasure Isle Marina, San Francisco , 4 miles away
San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere Tiburon , 5 miles away
Schoonmaker Point Marina, Sausalito , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Presidio National Park:
Seaside Inn, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Marina Inn San Francisco, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Buena Vista Motor Inn, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Francisco Bay Inn, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Motel Capri, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, San Francisco , 0 miles away
Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco , 0 miles away
 Trails Near Presidio National Park:
Bootjack Trail, Marin County , 11 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 950 feet elevation difference
Temelpa Trail, Marin County , 12 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1398 feet elevation difference
Ben Johnson Trail, Marin County , 12 miles away, 3.8 hiking miles, 1350 feet elevation difference
Throckmorton Trail, Marin County , 12 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1398 feet elevation difference
West Point Trail, Marin County , 13 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 1740 feet elevation difference
North Side Trail, Marin County , 13 miles away,  4.8 hiking miles, 371 feet elevation difference
Lagunitas Fire Trail, Marin County , 13 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1462 feet elevation difference
 Beaches Near Presidio National Park:
Sand Springs Beach, Marin County , 3 miles away
Perles Beach, Marin County , 3 miles away
Quarry Beach, Marin County , 3 miles away
Baker Beach, San Francisco County , 4 miles away
China Beach, San Francisco County , 4 miles away
 Whitewater Near Presidio National Park:
Whitewater Outfitter - Pacific River Supply, Contra Costa County , 12 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
 Public Lands Near Presidio National Park:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 0 miles away
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco - CA , 0 miles away
Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, San Francisco - CA , 10 miles away
Angel Island State Park, California , 4 miles away
Candlestick Point State Park, California , 6 miles away
San Bruno Mountain State Park, California , 6 miles away
Thornton State Beach, California , 7 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Presidio National Park:
Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco , 2 miles away
Presidio Private Golf Club, San Francisco , 2 miles away
Lincoln Park Golf Course, San Francisco , 5 miles away
Gleneagles International Golf Course, San Francisco , 5 miles away
Golden Gate Park Golf Course, San Francisco , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Presidio National Park
Laguna Puerca, San Francisco County , 5 miles away
Phoenix Lake, Marin County , 13 miles away
Lake Lagunitas, Marin County , 14 miles away
Alpine Lake, Marin County , 16 miles away

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