People come from all over the world to walk among these magnificent, ancient trees. But Muir Woods has become almost too popular, so I'm including some tips to help visitors enjoy this amazing park.
The New Reservation System is in effect.
Visitors must have a reservation for:
Reservations can be made online or by phone. See Muir Woods reservations, or 800 410-2419.
Reservation info. Reservations can be booked up to 90 days in advance.
There is also a park entrance fee of $15, but you don't need to do that in advance. There are 232 parking spaces; no roadside parking is allowed.
Important: because there is no cell phone service in Muir Woods, if you are going to use your cell phone to show your parking or shuttle reservation, download it before you come. Also, reservations are not transferable, so they must me in your name.
But people being dropped off, arriving on tour buses, or by Uber, Lyft, or taxi, won't need reservations to enter the park. Only visitors driving or taking the shuttle will have to plan in advance.
See below for other ways to get out to Muir Woods. In a nutshell:
The Muir Woods shuttle doesn't run on weekdays (except for June 17 to August 9, 2019), but it's a good way to get there when it's running. Advance reservations required.
Note: Vehicle size limitations. Because of the heavy rains last winter, there was damage to the road leading into Muir Woods and they don't allow vehicles over 35 feet on the road. Also, there is no parking available for RV's at Muir Woods.
One of the easiest ways to get to Muir Woods without a car is to take a tour from San Francisco (see above).
Other than taking a tour, the choices are taking a bus or ferry from San Francisco to catch the Muir Woods shuttle in Marin, or taking Uber, Lyft or a taxi.