Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Fire Management Units: Headlands
HEADLANDS (881 acres) - The Point Reyes Lighthouse bluffs and Chimney Rock area at the westernmost tip of Point Reyes comprise this FMU. It contains some areas of designated wilderness along the outer bluffs. Vegetation on the unit is dominated by grassland and patches of mixed coyote brush and coastal scrub. This FMU has been subject to intense grazing pressure from cattle in the past, and currently some areas continue to be grazed, while others have been excluded from grazing. Twelve plant species of management concern occur in this FMU; five of these are federal Species of Concern, one is state-listed as rare (Point Reyes blennosperma), and one is state-listed as endangered (Point Reyes meadowfoam - Limnanthes douglasii var. sulphurea). The Headlands harbor sensitive animal species such as brown pelican and Steller sea lions. Other sensitive animal species include nesting seabirds such as ashy stormpetrel. Marine mammals such as harbor seals are sensitive to human activities including low flying helicopters. Lands within this FMU receive very high levels of visitor use, and are popular for wildflower viewing in the spring.
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Did You Know?
On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...