With its soaring redwoods and shaded paths, Muir Woods is undeniably a popular local and tourist attraction. But in spite of a push to have guests get there and leave by shuttle, 80 percent of the park’s nearly one million annual visitors arrive by car, only to face backed-up traffic and a full parking lot. As a result, after years of deliberation and studies, the National Park Service will implement a parking reservation system as of 2018. The changes are designed to alleviate overcrowding and elevate the quality of the visitor experience, as well as reduce impact on the environment. Reservations for vehicle parking and the Muir Woods Shuttle will be handled through a website or call center.
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “Reservations Required“.