Press Kit: Exceptional Park Resources
- Over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres of wilderness
- 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline
- 27 threatened and endangered species
- Over 900 species of flowering plants
- More than 120 species of trees
- 480 bird species in North America (over 45%) have been sighted here and the American Bird Conservancy named Point Reyes as one of 100 "globally important bird areas."
- 65 species of mammals
- 28 species of reptiles and amphibians
- 125 species of fish from 45 families
- The San Andreas Fault separates the Point Reyes Peninsula from the rest of the North American continent
Cultural and Historic Resources
- The cultural history of Point Reyes extends back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians, who were the first known inhabitants of the peninsula.
- According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European to do so.
- In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, key lighthouse and lifesaving stations were established by the United States government in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- In the early 1800s, Mexican land grantees established ranchos.
- American agricultural operations, begun in the late 1800s, continue to this day in the Seashore's pastoral zone.
- 352 designated historic structures
- 34 cultural landscapes
- 124 archeological sites
- 516,000 objects and documents in the park's museum collection
- Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, a National Historic Landmark
- Morgan Horse Ranch
- 5 backcountry campgrounds
- 28 water systems
- 150 miles of trails
- approximately 100 miles of roads
- 310 public and administrative structures
- 51 wastewater systems
- 3 visitor centers
- 1 environmental education center
- 1 science and learning center
- 30 restroom complexes
- 34 housing units
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