Despite its tongue-twisting name, the Public Health Service District is a welcoming gateway to the Presidio with much to offer the curious visitor.
The campus traces its roots to the late 19th century, when San Francisco was an untamed port city welcoming explores and fortune-seekers. Ailing sailors from around the globe who arrived on these shores received free care at the U.S. Marine Hospital, located in the southern Presidio between Lobos Creek Valley and Mountain Lake.
Today, the charming campus has undergone an award-winning revitalization as a “green neighborhood.” People live here and cultural and educational organizations thrive, including Arion Press, the nation’s leading publisher of fine-press books. The Public Health Service District is also an increasingly popular entry point to the trail network, offering easy access to the wildest parts of the park.