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Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA 94941
When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, heMore declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal government to protect it from destruction.
Marin County Fire - Throckmorton Ridge
816 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
The Marin County Fire Department's Throckmorton Ridge station responds to wildland fires on the southern and west MarinMore coast, Mt. Tamalpais and the urban-interface areas above Mill Valley. The department protects Muir Beach, Muir Woods and the unincorporated areas surrounding Mill Valley. It also responds to fires at the Muir Woods National Monument and the Marin Municipal Watershed. The Throckmorton Ridge station was rebuilt in 2006 and has won awards for architecture and energy efficiency. It is manned by two firefighters in the winter and four in the summer.
Southern Marin Fire Protection District: Tamalpais Valley
309 Poplar St, Mill Valley, CA 94941

The Tamalpais Valley station of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District serves the areas of Tamalpais Valley,More Homestead Valley and Almonte. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is an independent special district established by the Marin County Board of Supervisors in July 1999. It provides fire, rescue and paramedic services to the communities of Tamalpais Valley, Almonte, Homestead Valley, Alto, Strawberry, portions of Tiburon, and the City of Sausalito.

The district operates three stations, and responds to more than 4,000 incidents per year. The district also provides paramedic service to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach, and the Muir Woods National Monument, and a regional rescue unit that serves all of the above areas, the Tiburon peninsula, and the Golden Gate Bridge area.

Southern Marin Fire Protection District - Headquarters
308 Reed Blvd, Mill Valley, CA 94941

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is an independent special district established in July of 1999 toMore provide fire, rescue and paramedic services to the communities of Tamalpais Valley, Almonte, Homestead Valley, Alto, Strawberry, approximately 1/3 of the town of Tiburon, and the city of Sausalito.

The district, which has 52 full-time employees, covers 11.5 square miles, approximately 27,700 people and more than 14,100 homes and commercial structures. It operates three stations, and responds to more than 4,000 incidents per year. The district also provides paramedic service to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach and the Muir Woods National Monument.

A seven-member board of directors governs the district and meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Mount Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Casting a gorgeously dominant shadow over Mill Valley and much of Marin County, the park surrounding the 2,571-footMore peak of Mount Tamalpais is a treasure trove for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Originally named La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco by two explorers in 1770, the name was changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais in honor of the Coastal Miwok Indians who lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived.

The park is loaded with more than 50 miles of hiking and bicycling trails that connect to a wider, 200-mile trail system in the regions. Road cyclists flock to the windy roads that twist up and around the mountain's summit.

A few highlights:

Bootjack Picnic Area has tables, stoves, piped drinking water and flush toilets. 

East Peak Summit features a visitor center and a refreshment stand that are open daily during the summer and on weekends most of the year. Phone, picnic tables and restrooms are also available. 

The Mountain Theater, also known as The Cushing Memorial Theater, is a natural-stone amphitheater that seats 3,750 people and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The theater hosts the renowned Mountain Play each spring, produced every year since 1913.

Pan Toll Campground, located near the ranger station on Panoramic Highway, has 16 campsites, each equipped with a table, rock barbecue, food locker and space for a tent. There are no showers. Campsites are $25 per night, though discounts are available.

Steep Ravine Campground, located on land overlooking the Pacific Ocean just south of Stinson Beach, has nine rustic cabins and seven primitive campsites. The cabins do not have running water or electricity, although primitive toilets, water faucets and firewood are nearby.  The campsites are a few hundred yards from the parking area. Pets are not allowed at the cabins or the campground. Steep Ravine is incredibly popular and reservations are accepted from 10 days to 7 months in advance. Steep Ravine cabins are $100 per night and campsites are $25 per night.

Alice Eastwood Group Camp has two campsites that hold up to 50 ($225 per night) and 25 ($110 per night), respectively. Both campsites have tables, flush toilets, water faucets with sinks, barbecue grills and a large area for tents. Frank Valley Group Horse Camp, located 1.5 miles west of Muir Woods National Monument, has 12 pipe corrals, water faucets, watering troughs, picnic tables, fire rings and a pit toilet. The minimum size group is 2 horses; the maximum size is 12 horses. The cost is $75 per night for the first two horses.

For questions about camping, call the Pantoll Ranger Station at 415-388-2070. To reserve a campground, call 800-444-7275.