As one of the only beaches to allow bonfires, Muir Beach is a sought-after destination for twilight picnics. Arrive early — a couple of hours before sunset — to secure one of the few designated bonfire pits.
"Debating whether you should have a bonfire at Muir Beach vs. Ocean Beach? Muir Beach allows alcohol, but closes promptly an hour after sunset (around 9pm). There aren't very many fire pits, so get there early, and feel free to bring your dogs."
"Bring plenty of blankets, its not uncommon for wind and fog to sweep in during the evenings."
Spend the rest of the evening roasting marshmallows, drinking beers (alcohol is permitted on the beach until around 9pm), and singing camp songs around the fire.
One of just two locations in the country’s most visited unit of the National Park System to allow beach fires, Muir Beach is just 11 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and three miles west of Muir Woods. The generally quiet beach only has three fire rings near the south end of the newly revamped parking lot and no other fires on the beach are allowed. Beach hours change seasonally and visitors are advised to call the park’s phone number prior to arrival for the most updated information.