Marin Headlands, San Francisco
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Golden Gate National Recreational Area

The busiest unit in our national park system is the 80,000-acre non-contiguous realm that flanks San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, known as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Here, horse riders clip-clop along the Marin Headlands’ Old Springs Trail.

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Horse riders climb the Old Springs Trail in the Marin Headlands, which are north across the bay from San Francisco.

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Dusk settles along the Marin Headlands and the Point Bonita Lighthouse.

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A couple share a picnic lunch at Muir Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Visitors to Muir Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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A visitor looks over a map at Muir Woods, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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The majesty and shadowy mystery of the redwoods draw visitors to Muir Woods National Monument. These walkers are on the Fern Creek Trail.

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Visitors pause at a trail exhibit among the giant redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument.

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A harbor seal eyes a fisherman on a pier in Horseshoe Bay near Ft. Baker overlooking the San Francisco skyline in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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A fisherman has the San Francisco skyline to look at as he tries the water off a pier in Horseshoe Bay.

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A cyclist rides along a paved road in Ft. Baker near Lime Point.

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Patrons of Travis Marina Bar, a.k.a. the Presidio Yacht Club at Ft. Baker, enjoy $5 pints and conversation. 

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A ferry transports passengers to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

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A visitor encounters a mannequin wearing a prison guard uniform at an exhibit inside the administration building at Alcatraz Island in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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A rainbow appears above Alcatraz Island as seen from from Crissy Field in the Presidio. Alcatraz, also known as “The Rock,” housed a former federal penitentiary.

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Alcatraz Island was used as a military installation in the 1850s, then for imprisonment of Native Americans in the 1890s.

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Stand-up paddle boarders ply the water off of the Presidio’s Golden Gate Promenade, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island is in the background.

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A windsurfing enthusiast skims the water off of the Presidio’s Golden Gate Promenade.

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Jake Schutt, center, of Mill Valley plays with son Luke, 10, left, daughter Elsa, 12, and their dog Fisher at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Birds glide above visitors to Ft. Funston Beach, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Visitors descend a sand ladder to the beach at Ft. Funston in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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A hang glider soars above the ocean at Ft. Funston in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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A hang glider at Ft. Funston in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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