Point Bonita Lighthouse


Welcome to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!


Point Bonita Lighthouse
September 2023 - May 4, 2024

  • Monday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Tuesday: CLOSED

  • Wednesday: CLOSED

  • Thursday: CLOSED

  • Friday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Saturday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

** Please note: Point Bonita Lighthouse does close for inclement weather *
If the weather and/or air quality seem poor, please feel free to call our main phone line at (415) 331-1540 to reach our Interpretation/Education Ranger's Office to check if the site is open or closed.

*** Please note: Access to the Point Bonita Lighthouse closes promptly at 3:20pm. This means that the last entry through the tunnel leading to the lighthouse is at 3:20pm sharp. To ensure access to the lighthouse please arrive well before this time.

Park Rangers and Docents will then conduct a closing sweep of the lighthouse and trail at 3:30pm sharp which is when all visitors must exit.


Point Bonita Lighthouse
May 5, 2024 - August 2024 Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Tuesday: CLOSED

  • Wednesday: CLOSED

  • Thursday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Friday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Saturday: 10:30am - 3:30pm

  • Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm

Sunset Tours

Sunset Tours offer a wonderful opportunity to see the lighthouse in all of its glory. A docent / ranger leads you on a guided hike to the lighthouse and shares knowledge about the geology, ecology, and history of Point Bonita. Tickets are required to attend the sunset tours and they are available on recreation.gov

Upcoming Dates for Point Bonita Sunset Tours:

  • Saturday, April 6th

  • Saturday, May 4th

  • Friday, May 24th

  • Friday, June 7th

  • Friday, June 21st

  • Friday, July 5th

  • Friday, July 19th

  • Friday, August 2nd

  • Friday, August 16th

A Brief History of the Point Bonita Lighthouse

A secret jewel of the Bay Area, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855, was the third lighthouse built on the West Coast and helped shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straits. Today, the lighthouse is still active and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology and fascinating history by hiking the partially steep half mile trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!

Tips and Highlights

  • Pets and bikes are not permitted anywhere on the Point Bonita Trail. A cartoon silhouette of a dog surrounded by a red circle with a red diagonal line bisecting the circle. No bicycle, bike prohibited symbol. Sign indicating the prohibition or  rule. Warning and forbidden. Flat design. Vector illustration. Stock Vector  by ©natalipopova 109794524

  • Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail. The international symbol for no smoking, which is a cartoon of a lit cigarette surrounded by a red circle with a diagonal line across the cigarette.

  • Site may be closed due to inclement weather. We test the winds periodically while the site is open. If winds get over 30 mph, we close the suspension bridge.

  • Parking is limited. Additional parking may be found at the YMCA parking lot which is located before the Point Bonita Lighthouse parking lot on the righthand side.

  • Make sure to bring your own water when you visit, and bring binoculars to catch a glimpse of the marine life that frequents the area, including harbor seals, whales, and porpoises.

  • Check out the calendar for upcoming guided tours at Point Bonita.

  • For more information please email: GOGA_MarinHeadlands_Info@nps.gov

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Last updated: March 11, 2024

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