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Rodeo Valley
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Rodeo Valley was the most developed part of the military installations on the Marin Headlands. The old army buildings now house The Headlands Institute, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, a large youth hostel, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. The Marine Mammal Center is located on one of the former Nike launch sites. Rodeo Beach is popular with surfers and dog walkers, and Rodeo Lagoon is a valuable wetland habitat.

As elsewhere in the headlands area huge gun emplacements are found on and inside the ridges. Battery Townsley was built to house 16-inch coastal defense guns, but they were never installed.


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Gun Emplacement at Battery Townsley

Gun Emplacement at Battery Townsley

Once fitted with a 16-inch gun, Battery Townsley is a casemated coastal defense battery north of the Golden Gate.

Fort Cronkite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Road to Battery Townsley Above Rodeo Valley

Road to Battery Townsley Above Rodeo Valley

A very evenly graded road leads up from Rodeo Valley to the WW II artillery emplacement at Battery Townsley.

Fort Cronkite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Winter Surf at Rodeo Beach

Winter Surf at Rodeo Beach

Big winter waves at Rodeo Beach with Fort Cronkite and Rodeo Lagoon inland.

Fort Cronkite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach

Known for its fine chert gravel, Rodeo Beach is the first beach north of the Golden Gate.

Fort Cronkite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Rodeo Lagoon

Rodeo Lagoon

A pedestrian walkway across Rodeo Lagoon, a lake backed up behind the dune ridge of Rodeo Beach.

Fort Cronkite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Marine Mammal Center at the Golden Gate Headlands

Marine Mammal Center at the Golden Gate Headlands

The Marine Mammal Center occupies a former military installation on the north side of Rodeo Valley.

Marine Mammal Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Marine Mammal Center Courtyard

Marine Mammal Center Courtyard

A statue of a rearing elephant seal dominates the courtyard at the Marine Mammal Center.

Marine Mammal Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Marine Mammal Center

Marine Mammal Center

Pens and cages for recovering marine mammals, at the Marine Mammal Center on the Golden Gate Headlands.

Marine Mammal Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Bird Island overlook between Rodeo Valley and Point Bonita

Bird Island overlook between Rodeo Valley and Point Bonita

Bird Island overlook between Rodeo Valley and Point Bonita

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: August 29, 2005
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On the headlands north of Point Bonita

On the headlands north of Point Bonita

On the headlands north of Point Bonita

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: August 29, 2005
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Battery Mendel above Rodeo Valley

Battery Mendel above Rodeo Valley

Battery Mendel above Rodeo Valley

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: August 29, 2005
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