Gate National Recreation Area
The Golden Gate
National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban
parks in the world. Established in 1972,
as part of a trend to make national park resources more accessible
to urban populations and bring “parks to the people”,
GGNRA’s 75,398 acres of land and water extend north of the
Golden Gate Bridge to Tomales Bay in Marin County and south to
San Mateo County, encompassing 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline.
These lands represent one of the nation’s largest coastal
preserves and attract 16 million visitors each year, making GGNRA
one of the National Park Service most highly visited units.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is also rich in natural resources—it is comprised of 19 separate ecosystems in 7 distinct watersheds and is home to 1,273 plant and animal species. With 80 sensitive, rare, threatened, or endangered species —including the Northern Spotted Owl, California Red-legged Frog, and Coho Salmon— the park has the fourth largest number (33) of federally protected or endangered species of all units in the National Park System.
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