Muir Beach is located about 16.5 miles northwest of San Francisco and just 6 miles from the Highway 1 exit in Marin County. The Muir Woods National Monument is located just 3 miles west, ensuring to the area a lot of wildlife like butterflies in the pine trees, salmon in Redwood Creek, frog in the pasture, fox, birds, deer and coyotes. Muir Beach is attractive especially for its beach where the waves are great for kayakers and boogie boarders and for its wildlife. The beach is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and dogs and horses are usually allowed (check with the rangers for updates and changes). Fishing is plentiful and there are hiking trails that branch out from Muir Beach in many other directions inviting explorations of the headlands. This expansive network of wetlands, lagoon and dunes is being restored by increasing the capacity of the creek and floodplain system to convey water and sediment and by adding diverse habitat conditions for the endangered coho salmon and threatened California red-legged frog.