Peace Out: Muir Woods National Monument

  • A Visitor Marvels at the Grandeur of the Muir Woods National Monument

    A Cathedral of Ancient Redwoods

    Something magical happens the moment you cross the threshold into the Muir Woods National Monument.   Located just 12 miles north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, this old-growth forest boasts majestic Coast Redwood trees that are between 500 and 800-years old, with the oldest dating 1,200 years in age. 

    Photo courtesy of mastermaq

  • A Beautiful World of Ferns and Foliage Thrive Underneath the Giant Redwoods

    Find Another World Beneath the Trees

    Don't miss the world of beauty growing beneath the towering redwoods. Lush ferns and other vegetation thrive under the filtered sunlight that pours through the giant trees' branches onto the forest floor.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Photographing the Majestic Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

    Paying Homage to the Ancient Forest

    The park's entrance signs caution visitors to keep their voices low while they tour the park, out of respect for this ancient and historic site. Visitors from around the world attempt to capture the grandeur of the giant redwood forest on camera.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • A Bubbling Brook Runs Through the National Park

    Find Solace, or Salmon, in the Bubbling Brook

    Depending on the time of year you visit the National Forest, the waters of Redwood Creek, which bisects the park, may be at their bubbling peak. You might also see coho salmon, which are up to 2 feet in length and 14 pounds in weight, in the clear waters of the creek. Each winter, the salmon return from the ocean to their natal creek in the Muir Forest to lay their eggs.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Spencer

  • Visitors From Around the World Marvel at the Giant Redwoods

    Discover the Park at Your Own Pace

    Muir Woods National Monument boasts 6 miles of trails, which include longer hiking trails into the adjacent Mt. Tamalpais State Park as well as half-hour, one-hour, and one and a half hour nature loops. The loop trails are asphalted or boarded for easy accessibility.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Look Close Under the Redwoods to See Plants of Incredible Beauty

    Find Beauty in the Little Things

    Shade-loving plants thrive under the redwood canopy of the Muir Woods National Forest. Cow parsnip grows in abundance and reflects the light of the early-morning sun.

    Photo courtesy of Jack Wolf

  • Majestic Trees of Muir Woods Loom Upward to the Skies

    Marvel at the World's Tallest Living Thing

    The coast redwood, which only flourishes in spots along the coastal fog belt from Southern Oregon to Big Sur, is the world's tallest living thing. At a height of up to 379 ft., it even surpasses the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • A Surprised Deer Meets the Camera in Muir Woods National Monument

    Deer Appear at Dawn & Dusk

    Muir Woods National Forest is filled with a variety of wild animals, which include raccoons, Sonoma chipmunks, and Western gray squirrels. While shy and elusive, deer are known to make their appearance at dawn and dusk, to the delight of park visitors.

    Photo courtesy of miss_millions

  • An Elderly Couple Find Inspiration in the Ancient Redwoods

    Find Peace in the Majesty of the Redwood Forest

    The towering redwoods near Cathedral Grove continue to inspire a sense of awe among nearly a million park visitors who make their way to this spot annually. Muir Woods was declared a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. It was also the first national monument created with land donated by private individuals, the conservationist couple William and Elizabeth Kent.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Couples Bond Under the Romantic Canopy of the Giant Redwoods

    Pledge Love Eternal Under the Ancient Redwoods

    Love seems eternal in the heart of an ancient redwood forest. Small wedding ceremonies of up to 30 people are permitted in the Muir Woods National Forest.  Might this be the perfect place to pop the question or say your vows?  

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona