The Presidio - San Francisco's Great Escape

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Presidio! This inspiring setting at the Golden Gate has a remarkable history and a fascinating present as a unique national park that welcomes all. Please come for a visit!

About the Presidio

The Presidio is where San Francisco began.

This inspiring setting at the Golden Gate was home to native peoples for thousands of years. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In 1776, Spain established a miltary fort on this land. After winning its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico controlled the post and established a new pueblo nearby called Yerba Buena (later known as the city of San Francisco).

In 1846 the Presidio became a U.S. Army post. Generations of soldiers passed through its gates, serving our nation around the world. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Army departed in 1994, and the Presidio became a national park site. Today, the Presidio welcomes all with its beauty, nature, history, recreation, and family activities.

Discover and Enjoy Your Park

Begin your day by getting oriented at the Presidio Visitor Center. Then learn about the park's rich history at the Presidio Officers' Club​, a museum and cultural center.

Then head outside for a hike on a trail through the forest; see native wildflowes at Crissy Marsh; toss a Frisbee with the kids on the Main Parade Ground; enjoy a picnic; or watch the sunset from a scenic overlook. Visit the calendar ​to learn about the park's many free events, from hikes to live music to outdoor festivals.​

It's easy to get to the park on the free PresidiGo Shuttle​ and on public transit. Learn more about getting to the park >>​

A Partnership Park

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is managed through a unique partnership approach. The Presidio is managed by the Presidio Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service​. We also receive tremendous support from the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.​