There is very limited parking on the mountain and we encourage you to help reduce vehicle impact on the fragile ecology by taking our FREE shuttle – the Mountain Play Express! See below for more details.
If you want to secure a parking spot in our VIP lot, check out our Patron’s Circle reserved seating package. It’s the best way to go to the Mountain Play!
The parking lots closest to the theater are reserved for members, patrons with disabilities who have reserved through the Mountain Play office, and bus arrival and departure.
TRAVELING BY CAR
If you choose to drive, please understand that parking on Mount Tamalpais is extremely limited. We offer parking the Air Force Base Parking Lot for $15 in advance or $20 at the gate (CASH ONLY). Buy Parking HERE and select the date of your performance.
Please note the amphitheatre does not have a street address since it is within the Mount Tamalpais State Park. Generally, when you ask for one, you get the address for the ranger station at Pantoll. Please follow the directions shown below if driving as GPS may not provide information past the Pantoll station.
Mountain parking lots typically fill before 11:00am on play dates. Drivers should drive up to the West Peak or park at other lots, from there patrons will be shuttled in small vans from the parking lots to the front gate. After the show, drivers and passengers should walk to Rock Spring via the side exit and DRIVERS ONLY will be taken around to surrounding parking lots. Drivers will then need to drive back to Rock Spring to pick up passengers. Don’t worry, there will be signs and volunteers to direct you.
Driving from San Francisco:
Take 101N over the Golden Gate Bridge. Off of 101, take the exit for Route 1/Stinson Beach and follow signs for Rt. 1 which will bring you to the intersection of Tam Junction in Mill Valley.
From Tam Junction in Mill Valley stay on Rt. 1 toward Mount Tamalpais and drive 2.6 miles and make a right onto Panoramic following the signs toward Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods. (If you stay straight you will go to Stinson Beach on Rt. 1)
From this turn off you will drive 0.8 miles to “4 Corners” where you will proceed straight (though it appears to veer to the left a bit). (If you make a sharp left you will go to Muir Woods, and a slight right will take you on Sequoia Valley Rd back down to Mill Valley.) The middle road appears to go straight and a bit to the left. This road points to Mount Tamalpais and Stinson Beach.
From “4 Corners” you will drive 4.5 miles up the mountain (at 1.7 miles you will see Mountain Home Inn on the right and a sign for Mount Tamalpais State Park on the left) until you see the Pantoll Ranger Station on the left. Here you will turn right up the mountain, taking Pantoll Road and following signs for Mount Tamalpais.
From the split at Pantoll Ranger Station: At 1.0 miles you will see Trojan Point Parking Lot on the right. At 1.4 mile you will see Rock Spring Parking Lot in front of you.
THERE WILL BE MOUNTAIN PLAY PARKING ATTENDANTS TO ASSIST YOU AT THIS POINT OF YOUR JOURNEY.
At Rock Spring parking lot you will turn right and drive for 0.1 mile until you see the entrance to the theatre on the right side of the road. 0.3 miles past the theater is the Quarry Parking Lot on the right side of the road (restricted parking).
1.1 miles past the theater is the Air Force Parking Lot on the left side of the road. There will be a charge for parking at the Air Force Base. (There will be shuttles bringing you from this lot to the theatre).
Please do not hike to the theatre from the Air Force Base. Marin Municipal Water District has closed the trail.
If you want to hike before or after the show, there are many hiking trails starting at the Rock Spring parking lot. Visit the Friends of Mt. Tam Booth at the event for more hiking info.
Driving from Richmond-San Rafael Bridge:
Get on South 101 after getting off the bridge in San Rafael. Heading south on 101, take the exit for Mill Valley/Tiburon, bear right and go towards Mill Valley. At the Camino Alto light turn left. Go two long blocks to Miller Avenue (Tam High School) and turn right onto Miller.
After passing the Whole Foods on your left look for a left turn onto Montford Ave – you should see the famous 2AM Club on your left at the corner. Stay on this road even though it will change names. Follow the yellow line and ALWAYS go uphill! You will go through a neighborhood until you get to what looks like the top of the mountain – a four way stop. Turn right here – Panoramic – and notice our billboard on your right. Drive 4.5 miles on Panoramic and follow the signs toward Mount Tamalpais State Park.
At the crest of a hill look for a sign for Pantoll Ranger Station. You have reached the entrance to Mount Tamalpais State Park. Turn right into the park and drive about 1.4 miles until you get to the Rock Spring parking lot.
MOUNTAIN PLAY PARKING ATTENDANTS WILL GUIDE YOU TO AVAILABLE PARKING SPACE.
The theatre entrance is just beyond Rock Spring and patrons needing special access can be dropped off there before the car is parked.
TRAVELING BY SHUTTLE – FREE!
Most people take advantage of the more ecologically friendly mode of Mountain Play travel and arrive in style aboard one of our festive yellow buses affectionately called the Mountain Play Express.
Information about the FREE Mountain Play Express will be included with each mailed ticket order.
Note: Shuttles do not make stops between theamphitheatre and shuttle parking lots.
Free round trip Express shuttles leave roughly every 15 minutes from 10:00am to 12:45pm from two locations in Mill Valley on play dates. Parking is Free at both pick up locations.
IMPORTANT JUNE 10 SHUTTLE INFO: Last bus from Mill Valley will depart at 1:45pm. There will be no gear transport for patrons hiking down. There will be one buses leaving the front gate for Mill Valley at 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
1. Manzanita Parking Lot, the commuter parking lot located at the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 1, just beyond the Mill Valley/Stinson beach exit off Highway 101.
There is no security at the lot and the Manzanita lot is subject to flooding. Patrons park at their own risk. Vehicles cannot be parked for more than 24 hours. Vehicles may be ticketed & towed by law enforcement for not obeying traffic laws & parking restrictions, such as no parking along red zones or at no parking signs, blocking transit or other vehicles.
2. Tamalpais High School, opposite the Safeway on Miller Avenue.
HIKING UP THE MOUNTAIN
For those athletic patrons who want to take the scenic route to or from the theatre, hiking is a beautiful option.
Most of our hikers choose to take the bus up to the theatre and then hike down afterwards.
The hike down is an easier one since the Mountain Play transports ice chests and other bulky items to The Depot in Mill Valley where you can retrieve your gear and hop on a shuttle back to your parked car. The last of these shuttles from downtown Mill Valley to the parking lots leaves at 9:00pm – so you can enjoy dinner in charming downtown Mill Valley. If you miss the last shuttle for any reason, you can always take a taxi to the parking area.
Click on the links below to download our directions and basic map for the hike down.
While easier than the hike up to the theatre, it is still 7 miles and will take 2-2 1/2 hours. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.
For those hiking up to the theatre in the morning, you can reverse these directions, but we encourage you to research the route on your own beforehand and buy a map of the mountain. A great map to use is “Trails of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands”, available at REI online and in Corte Madera, and at the Book Depot in Mill Valley.