Muir Woods is extremely popular year-round, and parking is incredibly limited. To reduce unsafe illegal parking and having people walk along the narrow roads leading to Muir Woods, the National Park Service is instituting a reservation system to “better manage visitation levels, allow visitors to plan their trip in advance, and reduce overcrowding.”
Advance reservations are required for both parking spaces at Muir Woods and for seats on the Muir Woods shuttle. The reservation system went live on January 1, 2018, and can be accessed online here or by phone. Once the system is in place, reservations will be required seven days a week, year-round.
Reservations cost $8 per vehicle in the first year and will increase $0.50 every two years. A shuttle reservation fee of $3 per person, age 16 or older, will be charged in the first year and increase $0.25 every two years.
Reservations for the popular Muir Woods Shuttle for all visitors under 16 years of age. Visitors age 16 or older will be required to pay a $10 park admission entrance fee in addition to any parking or shuttle reservation fees.
Parking and shuttle reservations can be made online or by phone up to 90 days in advance on a rolling basis. A limited number of reservations will be held back and released five (5) days in advance to provide access for visitors who were unable to plan their trip further in advance.
The National Park Services has a robust FAQ section on reservations HERE.