Muir Woods

National Monument Project (E.H., A.O., T.H.)


This gorgeous place is just located at Mill Valley, CA; just 8 miles north of San Francisco and very close to the Pacific shore.

When it was Made a National Park/ Monument?

  • 10th national monument created on January 9th, 1908, by Teddy Roosevelt
  • 1st in its area
  • Inspired the creation of reservations all around San Francisco
  • The combined reserved areas form the Golden Gate Bridge National Recreation Area

Why it was Protected?

  • William Kent, a philanthropist and politician, recognized the forest as beautiful and preservable, purchased the land, and donated much of it to the Federal Government to be declared national park land.

  • Land was named after John Muir, a man who found education in the forest in the early 1800s. Muir learned about life and ecosystems and convinced many that the conservation of the environment is ethical and required.
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Protection Laws Enacted?

Muir Woods is encompassed in Title 36 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).

The purpose of this title is to state regulations regarding proper use, management, government, and protection of persons, property, and natural and cultural resources within areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.

These regulations are utilized to fulfill the stationary purposes of units of the National Park System:

  • To conserve scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife.
  • To provide for the enjoyment of those resources in a manner that will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.


  • There are many things you can do in the Muir Woods, such as hiking and biking, ranger-led activities, and athletic events.

  • Weddings are as well permitted in the monument with a proper permit.
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Number of Visitors Per Year?

Approximately 900,000 people visit the Muir Woods every year, with peak times being April to October, Thanksgiving weekend, and Christmas through New Years.

What Do Roosevelt's environmental Policies Reveal About the Progressive Era?

Roosevelt's environmental policies revealed how America didn't really take care of the environment beforehand. There needed to be more restrictions to how nature was treated, and Roosevelt really did come about bringing that up to pace. The Progressive era really helped citizens be more aware of the problems that were going on, which led to action; which for Roosevelt, meant creating a better environment.

Guaranteed to be a relaxing and fun place

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