Note: Many tour operators offer bus trips and excursions to Muir Woods, often combined with trips to other destinations like Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The prices for Muir Woods admission below are for visitors who come to Muir Woods on their own, and are charged by the National Park Service. These prices are often built into the cost of organized tours.
Scroll down for the list of special National Park Service discounts and free Muir Woods admission passes, which we have included at the bottom of this page. Some of these passes are new, while others are re-named versions of older passes.
Insiders Tip: Beware of tour operators (or any travel plans) that call for a short stop at this unique National Monument. Once you get here it’s exceptionally rare for people to want to leave after just a short time. The beauty of a National Park like this creates a mood that would make even Disney executives jealous.
Allow yourself plenty of time to visit Muir Woods. People who have never been here imagine a small grove of big redwoods where you walk up, snap a few photos, exclaim how tall they are, get back in the bus or car and move on. Unlike some “big tree” road stops there is far more to see and do here. There are paths and trails you can easily walk around on for an hour or two — or much more — just exploring and feeling the peace and majesty of this forest.
If you’re stuck with a short visit, however, we have advice in our Visitors Guide on how to make the most of it! That home-made dinner with Grandma you have to be on time for is a high priority, too!
Muir Woods Admission Prices for 2016
Adult (16 years of age and older) — $10.00. Note: Also valid for same-day use at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA.
Fourth Graders and Families of Fourth Graders: Free. The visit is part of the 4th grade curriculum, so Muir Woods admission is free.
Children (15 years of age and under) — Free. This is actually a great deal when you compare it to many destinations that start charging entry fees for kids at ages 12 or even 6.
Muir Woods Annual Pass — $40.00. This pass is good for 12 months. It admits the pass holder and up to three adults (ages 16+) to Muir Woods National Monument here in Mill Valley and John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA.
Insiders Tip: The Annual Pass sounds irrelevant for visitors from outside the area, but can be a money saver for four or more adults visiting together, since it breaks even on the first trip and makes successive trips that year free.
Free Ticket Days for Muir Woods Admission
Muir Woods, like many national parks, does not charge entrance fees on certain special holidays. On the following dates they will offer free tickets to the park:
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day (All Weekend)
Opening Weekend for National Park Week
Birthday of the National Park Service
Honoring National Public Lands Day
Special Muir Woods Admission Discounts and Free Passes
The National Park Service offers several discount passes and free passes to US citizens and Permanent Residents for entry to all National Parks. This just covers Muir Woods admission (and every other park), not any food etc. you may purchase inside the park. You have to buy them or pick them up in person at a park, and Muir Woods is a great place to do so.
You can get in for free if you are:
1. Active Military, including activated Reserves and National Guard — The “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Military Pass” gains you free Muir Woods admission. You’ll need to present your military credentials. (And if this paragraph applies to you, please allow us to say, “Thank you very much for serving our country.”)
2. Permanently Disabled — The “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass” gives you free lifetime Muir Woods admission. You’ll need to present documentation such as a statement by a licensed physician; a document issued by a Federal agency (e.g. Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income); or documents issued by a State agency (e.g. a vocational rehabilitation agency). The pass is non-transferable.
3. A National Parks Volunteer who has racked up 500 hours of service — The “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Volunteer Pass” gets you into the National Parks free for one year from its date of being awarded to you, so that gives you free Muir Woods admission. Click here for current volunteer opportunities in the GGNRA.
4. 62 or Older — OK, this one costs you a one-time fee of $10 for a lifetime pass, and that’s pretty darn close to free! The “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass” costs just $10 and is a lifetime pass for entry to the National Parks including free Muir Woods admission.
And don’t forget the separate Muir Woods Annual Pass described at the top of this page!
If you can’t get in for free you can still get a discount: The “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass” costs $80, but that’s a bargain if you take in a lot of parks with entrance fees in a year.