The Presidio
of San Francisco

Always take the scenic route!

The Presidio of San Francisco is an isparing and fascinating park on the north of San Francisco. The Presidio is where San Francisco began. Today it is a national park site and a National Historic Landmark District located at the center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Presidio has a rich history in 1776 Spain established a military fort – El Presidio – on this land, it fell under Mexican rule for 24 years before the U.S. Army took control in 1846.



The park is full of extraordinary things to do. There are more than 24 miles of trails, 15 miles of bikeways, and eight scenic overlooks and vistas.

If you are hiking along the Bay Area Ridge trail, you will discovery the Andy Goldsworthy’s towering sculpture Spire (2008). The Spire is 100 feet tall at its tapering peak, it's constructed from the trunks of 37 Monterey cypress trees felled as part of the Presidio’s reforestation effort.

/!\ Coyote are seen regularly in the park. This is the pupping season for coyotes and they are especially protective of their pups, the parents may exhibit aggressive behaviors when they encounter other canines. Almost all the trails were forbidden to dogs.

Trails details
  • California Coastal Trail (2.4 miles - (3.9 ) kilometers)
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail (2.5 miles - (4.0 ) kilometers)
  • Park Trail (1.7 miles - (2.7 ) kilometers)

What you need to Know:

Dogs are required to be on leash.

The rules if you encounter a Coyote in the Presidio click here

If you wanna learn more about the coyote in the Presidio click here

The Presidio hiking in California
The Presidio hiking in California
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