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A trail runs through the Presidio forest. Photo by Charity Vargas.

About the Presidio

Get an overview of the history, vision, and strategy that shapes the Presidio of San Francisco.

Located in the heart of the Bay Area, the Presidio is a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s most visited national park sites.

Long home to native people and later a military post under three flags, it’s now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s managed by the Presidio Trust, with the Partnership for the Presidio.

Today’s Presidio is a city within a city – and an oasis for rare wildlife. It’s a global visitor destination – and a bus ride away for millions of people. It’s a public park – and a place where people live and businesses thrive. And unlike other national parks, it’s operated with funds earned here, with every dollar spent going right back into park preservation.

While a beloved landmark, the Presidio is always transforming to be relevant and meaningful for its time. It’s a place that delivers all the great experiences you’d expect from a national park – and lots of surprises for visitors.

Birds at Crissy Marsh with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
We’re working to make the Presidio a place where plants and animals thrive.
Six women gather at an art event at Presidio Tunnel Tops. Photo by Myleen Hollero.
The Presidio brings national park experiences easily to Bay Area residents – and people from around the world.
Scenic overlook at Battery Bluff that reads “Parks for All Forever.” Photo by Paul Myers.
The overlook at Battery Bluff captures the guiding principle of the “parks for all forever.” Photo by Paul Myers.
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The Partnership for the Presidio sustains the Presidio’s natural beauty, preserves its history, funds its future, and creates inspiring national park experiences for everyone to enjoy. It includes the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Special Use Permits

The park is a backdrop for events and activities of all kinds. The Presidio Trust issues permits for camping, large outdoor gatherings, races and runs, playing fields, and more.

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Montgomery Street Barracks. Photo by Dan Friedman.