March 22, 2016

Parking Lots Closed During Easter Weekend

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) will restrict personal vehicle access to the Welcome Center parking lot at the south end of the Bridge and the Vista Point parking lot at the north end of the Bridge between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2016. Vista Point belongs to Caltrans, which has issued a permit to allow the GGBHTD to conduct these restrictions at Vista Point during the holiday weekend. It is hoped that these measures will mitigate the significant traffic backups that occur on busy weekends as visitors queue for a limited number of parking spaces.

Those coming to the Golden Gate Bridge during peak visitation hours can enjoy the view from the Welcome Center and the Vista Point overlooks by taking a tour bus, corporate shuttle, taxi, or ride-sharing service such as Lyft or Uber. Tour buses will be allowed to park at both the Welcome Center lot and Vista Point. Taxis and rideshare vehicles will be allowed to pick-up and drop off passengers at the Welcome Center ONLY, but will not be allowed to enter Vista Point. No taxi or rideshare staging or waiting will be allowed. Ridesharing vehicles will need proper identification, such as a decal.

The Welcome Center will still be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Visitors can park in the overflow lots along Lincoln Boulevard and in the Presidio, or take public transportation to visit the Welcome Center and the Bridge. The caf├ęs will be open to serve food and drink as usual.

Electronic signs will notify drivers of the lot closures in advance of the Bridge, and signs will also be placed on the Bridge itself leading up to the Vista Point exit. Bicyclists are welcome.

This change from usual operations is the result of joint cooperation between Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge District.

The area affords many beautiful alternate locations to view the Bridge. A list of seven other lookout points can be found here: