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People playing volleyball on the grass at Crissy Field West Bluff with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background Photo by Myleen Hollero.

Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area

Arrive early to grab a spot at this popular picnic and BBQ area famed for its Golden Gate views.


Crissy Field Region


Recreation & Wellness, Beach



Top Amenities

Accessible Restrooms, Accessible Parking, Paid Parking, Bike Parking, Wheelchair-accessible Picnic Tables

A hotspot for gatherings, find picnic tables, barbeque grills, grassy areas for kids to play, and bridge and bay views at this picnic area.

Tables here are first come, first served, so plan to arrive early on weekends and holidays. Grills come with each set of tables, and restrooms are nearby. 

In every direction, you’ll find an amazing view, from the Golden Gate Bridge, to Alcatraz, to the San Francisco skyline. And West Bluff is an ideal base camp for a day at Crissy Field, just a short walk from Crissy Field beach and other popular Presidio destinations.

Getting to Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area

Long Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Map of the Presidio

By Public Transit

Muni Route: 28
Stop: Golden Gate Bridge Parking Lot

Muni Route: 30
Stop: Parking Lot near Sports Basement

By Presidio GO Shuttle

Route: Downtown Route
Stop: Presidio Transit Center


There is a large paid Crissy Field parking lot near West Bluff.

Why We Love Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area

West Bluff is a place to make memories. It’s where families come to grill a meal and watch the Frisbees fly. And it’s next to Crissy Field beach and Torpedo Wharf, two great places to play and take photos.

Accessibility at West Bluff Picnic Area

Accessible restrooms are nearby next to the Warming Hut Park Store. The nearby parking lot includes spaces for those with mobility limitations. Visit the National Park Service website for details on accessibility at nearby West Bluff Beach.

Insider Tip

Kids can have a great day here, building sandcastles at Crissy Field beach. If you’re up for a short walk, the young and young-at-heart can learn about the Bay’s aquatic life just 0.2 miles away at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center.

A family on the Crissy Field beach looking toward Alcatraz. Photo by Myleen Hollero.

Picnic at the Presidio

A large family grilling at Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Photo by Myleen Hollero.

Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area is one of the most well-known and well-loved picnic sites in the Presidio, with helpful amenities and views to die for.

Arrive Early

West Bluff is big, but it’s also popular. Arrive early for your best chance to secure a table and grill. If you need to reserve a Presidio picnic site in advance, check out Picnic Place at Presidio Tunnel Tops.

Bring Your Own Picnic

While the nearby Warming Hut Park Store has an assortment of beverages and packaged snacks, it’s not a grocery store – so be sure to pack in what you need for grilling.

Presidio History is Nearby

Crissy Field was once an Army airfield, and the huge lawn to the east was where planes once landed. History buffs in your crew can also take a 10-minute walk to Fort Point National Historic Site to see a fabulous example of military architecture. Check the website for hours.

Other Picnic Options

There are many places in the Presidio for a picnic. Visit our picnic page for other options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can reserve tables in advance at Picnic Place at Presidio Tunnel Tops.

Restrooms are next to the Warming Hut Park Store, a short walk away. 

There is no grocery store in the Presidio. You can get packaged snacks at the Warming Hut Park Store nearby. Or take a walk east on the Bay Trail to find Presidio Pop Up food trucks, typically located near the Outpost play space. 

Park Itineraries 

Need help planning your day at the Presidio? We’ve put together some itinerary ideas for things to see and do in the park. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours or an entire day, there’s something for everyone at the Presidio.