The Presidio of San Francisco is a national treasure and a local jewel. It invites visitors to glimpse rare birds and native blossoms; to experience history through carefully preserved buildings and landscapes; and to enjoy a picnic, a concert, or a contemplative walk in the woods. There is truly something for everyone.
The Presidio is located at the Golden Gate, where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay. The land was in constant use as a military post for two centuries, first for Spain, then for a newly independent Mexico, and finally for the United States. Today, it is both a distinctive national park site within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a National Historic Landmark District. It is a place in motion, attracting national attention for how history and nature are being preserved and for the Innovative ideas and places projects taking shape.
More than half of the Presidio’s 700+ buildings are on the National Register of Historic Properties. The Presidio Trust has rehabilitated 300 of them, restoring their original beauty while adapting them as visitor destinations, homes, and workplaces. The Main Post, initially the heart of military life, is now the vibrant cultural and visitor center of a new Presidio community – the place where many visits begin.
Miles of hiking and biking trails traversing the park, showcasing period architecture, including the oldest existing streetscape in San Francisco at Funston Avenue. The park is also home to extraordinary habitats - coastal bluffs and dunes, a saltwater marsh, a complete watershed, a spring-fed lake, and a man-made forest. Learn More
Congress established the Presidio Trust in 1996 to lead the transformation of the Presidio of San Francisco, an historic military post, into a new kind of national park. The Trust’s mission is to preserve the Presidio as an enduring resource for the American people and to ensure the park is a vital, relevant, welcoming, and well supported national resource for decades to come.
Over the past fifteen years the Trust has brought together a community based on history, community, environment, and service to enliven and enhance the park. Hundreds of historic buildings have been rehabilitated for new uses and the park’s infrastructure has been renewed. More than 7,000 people live and work here and thousands visit to explore history, the outdoors, and cultural destinations. School children come to learn about the Presidio’s past and to experience nature in the city. New trails and bikeways have made the Presidio a recreational destination. Today, the park is more beautiful than ever.
The Presidio’s transformation into a national park site is one of the most interesting and remarkable base realignments in the country – one that is bringing together funding and expertise from government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the philanthropic community. With the support of partners and the community, the Presidio Trust is helping to build a public destination that is of enduring value to the nation. Learn more