Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Presidio?
The Presidio is where San Francisco began. Once a premier Army post, today the Presidio is a national park unlike any you have experienced before. This dynamic visitor destination is home to museums and food trucks, restaurants and recreational destinations, art installations, 24 miles of trails, and the best views of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. It is also a
National Historic Landmark District where important stories about our country are shared. The Presidio's former military buildings are animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 organizations — including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits, and others that offer a surprising mix of visitor experiences. Thousands of visitors are discovering the park each year.
Where is the Presidio?
The Presidio is located in the northwest corner of San Francisco at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
How big is the Presidio?
The Presidio is 1,491 acres, about five percent of San Francisco. To offer a sense of scale, it's about a 2.5 mile walk from the easternmost entrance at the Lombard Gate to Baker Beach on the western shore. And it's a beautiful walk!
When is the Presidio open and how much is the entrance fee?
The Presidio is open 24 hours a day year-round. There is no entrance fee.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome in the Presidio but must be on leash.
What's the weather like?
The San Francisco climate is mild, but be prepared for chilly conditions, especially as the famous fog rolls in. Dress in layers!
How do I get to the Presidio?
PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle offers round-trip service between downtown San Francisco the Presidio seven days a week. The
PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle offers free service to 40 destinations within the Presidio. Shuttles are equipped with bike racks. The Presidio is served by MUNI and Golden Gate Transit. The MUNI 43 offers direct service to the Presidio Transit Center. For those who must drive,
paid parking is available around the park.
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Where do I begin my day in the park? Do you have a Visitor Center?
The Presidio Visitor Center is the place to begin your day in the park. Newly opened in 2017, it offers engaging exhibits, maps, videos, retail items, and ideas for things to do in the Presidio. It is located at 210 Lincoln Boulevard and open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more >>
Do you have maps of the Presidio?
To get to know the Presidio, view the
downloadable, printable maps and the interactive virtual map.
What can I do at the Presidio? Is there a Visitor Guide?
There are dozens of
places to visit, activities to experience, and free
events to enjoy. View the
Presidio Visitor Guide for ideas. The guide is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Where do I begin my visit?
The Presidio Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and is the best place to begin your park adventure. The
Presidio Officers' Club, the park's museum and cultural center, is also a "must see" destination. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm, and features exhibitions celebrating the history of the Presidio, free
Is there lodging in the Presidio?
Inn at the Presidio is located on the Main Post. This hotel is very popular, so make your reservation well in advance. The Presidio also offers a group campground at
Rob Hill. Reservations and a permit are required. No RV parking is available in the park.
Where can I eat?
Several restaurants are in the park, as well as a half dozen picnic areas. Outdoor picnics events are held on the
Main Parade Ground from April to October.
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Who manages the Presidio?
The Presidio is managed by the
Presidio Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service. In addition to raising philanthropic funds, the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy works with the Presidio Trust and National Park Service to offer stewardship and educational programs.
Visit the Partners page >>
How many people live and work in the Presidio?
There are approximately 225 organizations located in the Presidio, and about 4,000 people come to work here each day. About 3,000 people live in the Presidio in 21 different neighborhoods. Learn about
working in the Presidio.
How many buildings are in the Presidio?
There are more than 700 structures, 433 of which are historic. The Presidio is home to one of the finest collections of military architecture in the United States, representing two centuries of use under three flags. Nine prevalent architectural styles can be found on the Presidio.
How many native plants are here?
The park shelters 13 distinctive plant communities supporting 300 native plant species, ranging from wildflowers to oak woodlands. Sixteen species are rare or endangered, including five protected by the Endangered Species Act. Examples include the San Francisco lessingia and the Presidio clarkia (wildflowers found in only two locations worldwide), and the Raven's manzanita.
How many trees are in the Presidio?
The Presidio features a 300-acre historic forest planted by the U.S. Army beginning in the 1880s. There are about 60,000 trees in the park today.
How many species of birds use the Presidio?
Bring the binoculars! More than 300 bird species are seen here, including year-round residents like Anna's Hummingbirds, Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Egrets, and Great Horned Owls to migratory species like Violet-green Swallows and Red-throated Loons.
El Polin Spring and
Crissy Marsh are great places for birdwatching.
Are there coyotes in the Presidio?
Yes, coyotes returned to the Presidio in 2002 and are now seen here regularly. Community awareness is key to successful human and wildlife co-existence. Learn more about coyotes in the Presidio >>
What other wildlife can be found in the park?
The Presidio is home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, aquatic species, and invertebrates. These include native gray fox, the San Francisco alligator lizard, the three-spined stickleback fish, and 30 kinds of butterflies.
How many trails and overlooks are in the park?
The Presidio features a dozen major trails - 24 miles in all - and eight scenic overlooks.
View all the trails and overlooks >>
Can I volunteer?
Volunteering is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the Presidio. Volunteers restore native habitats, repair trails, and welcome visitors as docents.
Can I rent space for a wedding or meeting?
Yes! Intimate chapels, elegant reception sites, and conference facilities are a beautiful backdrop for weddings, celebrations, meetings, and retreats.
Learn more about celebrations and meetings >>