Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, Calif., simply gets too many visitors. Overcrowding, traffic congestion and parking woes are why officials have decided to require all visitors to have parking or shuttle reservations starting in January.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the roughly 550-acre forest filled with old-growth coastal redwoods receives an estimated 1.2 million people every year. With the new reservation system, the park, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, hopes to reduce that number to fewer than a million visitors, a Nov. 16 news release said.

Reservations will be required starting Jan. 16.

Visitors will be available to book one of the park’s 232 parking spaces ($8) or a shuttle seat ($3) online or by phone for an arrival time up to 90 days in advance, starting Jan. 1.

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