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The Marin Headlands houses an amazing richness of biological diversity due to the variety of habitats and unique geology of the area.
Discover the many cultures that have called the Marin Headlands home. This includes the history of the Miwok Indians to the American Military and everything in between.
Enjoy a hike through our varied trails, including dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, and take in the astonishing views of the Pacific Coast and San Francisco. The explosion of wildflowers in the spring and raptor migration in the fall fill the Headlands with year-round excitement.
The Marin Headlands is an example of open spaces still available in the Bay Area for visitors to enjoy.
Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Open: Daily—9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (415) 331-1540
Location: The Marin Headlands Visitor Center is located in the historic Fort Barry Chapel, at the intersection of Field and Bunker Roads. The Visitor Center is approximately 3 miles from either entrance to the Marin Headlands.
Closures: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Special Programs: Rangers answer questions and lead scheduled interpretive walks and programs. For more information on park programs please check the Parks Conservancy event listings.
Exhibits: The Center's exhibits introduce the Headland's natural history and trace the area's human history from the days of the Miwoks through modern times. You can see how a hawk flies and look through a microscope at the hidden life of local ponds. A Miwok shelter invites you inside to listen as present-day Coast Miwok people talk about their lives. A shop carries a good selection of books and field guides about the area.
Available Facilities: Bathroom facilities are located on the west end of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center parking lot.