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Nov 16, 2023

Presidio's Greatest Lists: Five Things We Feel Grateful for in the Presidio

As we approach Thanksgiving, here's what we're grateful for in the Presidio.


As we enter the holiday season, we’re feeling more grateful than ever for what we have – this includes our community, our wild open spaces, and our partners. Here are five things we’re thankful for.

1. Our Volunteers

Forestry volunteer working in the Presidio forest situated in front of cart with "Volunteer" on the side.
Photo by Myleen Hollero.

The Presidio wouldn’t be all it is without our volunteers who help us share the Presidio’s story with visitors and care for our natural resources. Come help us make the Presidio a place for future generations to enjoy.

Learn how to volunteer >>

2. Our Partners

Three people, one with Park Ranger, one wearing Parks Conservancy clothing, and one person with Presidio Trust gear stand outside the Presidio Visitor Center and wave at camera.
Photo by Rachel Styer.

The Presidio is at the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited national parks in the country. The Presidio Trust along with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy work together as the Partnership for the Presidio to care for this 1,500-acre oasis, and we’re grateful for all we do together, from building the trail system and Presidio Tunnel Tops to operating our Volunteer programs. If you haven’t experienced the Visitor Center yet, drop in to check out all the park retail items, including books on the environment, cute park-centric schwag, and annual national park passes – they make meaningful holiday gifts and all proceeds benefit the park.

Learn more about the Presidio Visitor Center >>

3. Our Community

Visitors gathered around tree with holiday lights

If you want to take in a beautiful sense of community, take a walk through the park and experience the Presidio’s residences, often decorated with lights for the holidays, and be sure to stop by and visit the 30-foot-tall Monterey Cypress on the lawn across the street from the Presidio Community YMCA. Each year the tree is lit the first Friday of the month and continues to shine bright throughout the month of December.

4. The Outdoors

Visitors photographing the bay at Batteries to Bluffs trail
Photo by Gillian Ewing.

There’s no better place to enjoy fresh air and the benefits of outdoor exercise than the Presidio’s great outdoors. The Presidio has 24 miles of trails, 10 scenic overlooks, and some of the most spectacular natural beauty you’ll find anywhere. It’s yours to enjoy!

Learn more about Presidio trails >>

5. Our History

Visitors at Exclusion exhibition

The holidays are a great time to visit museums and learn something new. Check out The Walt Disney Family Museum with the kids – it’s located in the Montgomery Street barracks across from the Main Parade Lawn – and explore the Presidio’s past and present at the Presidio Officers’ Club museum. The Officers’ Club won the Western Museums Association award for its EXCLUSION exhibit, which examines the Presidio’s role in Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Learn how to visit the EXCLUSION Exhibition >>