• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures

    From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

Faults

Nature and Science

The San Andreas Fault bisects the Point Reyes peninsula from the California mainland.

The San Andreas Fault Zone is present at Point Reyes National Seashore and separates the Pacific plate from the slowing moving North American plate. The Pacific plate is estimated to creep northwestward about two inches a year but the most dramatic displacement of this fault occurred in 1906 when the Point Reyes Peninsula leapt 20 feet northwestward. The most accessible location within Point Reyes National Seashore to view the San Andreas Fault Zone is from the Earthquake Trail, located off of the parking lot at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

To learn more about the 1906 Earthquake, the San Andreas Fault and Plate Tectonics, check out our 1906 Earthquake Centennial Resource Newsletter and the Point Reyes National Seashore Geologic Activity webpage.

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Bull Elephant Seal © Richard Allen

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