• 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 »

Park Statistics

Geographical

Area - as of September 30, 2006:

  • Federal Land - 26,341.988 hectares (65,092.47 acres)
  • Nonfederal Land - 2,419.133 hectares (5,977.81 acres)
  • Gross Area - 28,761.121 hectares (71,070.28 acres)

Designated and Potential Wilderness: 13,505.6 hectares (33,373 acres)

~240 km (~150 miles ) of hiking trails

Elevation: 0 to 423 meters (1,407 feet)

Climate

December, January, February and March are the months with the heaviest rainfall. Rainfall averages from about 29 centimeters (11.5 inches) per year out at the tip of Point Reyes where the Lighthouse is located to about 91 centimeters (36 inches) a year at the Headquarters of the National Seashore at Bear Valley, located only a few miles inland.

Average temperature:

  • Winter - High 12°C (53°F), Low 6°C (42°F);
  • Summer - High 18°C (65°F, Low 11°C (51°F)

Significant Dates

  • The Point Reyes National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962.
  • Public Law 94-544 signed by President Gerald Ford on October 18, 1976 designating 25,370 acres (10267 hectares) of Point Reyes National Seashore as Wilderness.
  • Designated a part of the Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve in 1988.

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Annual Visitation

Total Recreation Visits

  • 2013 - 2,641,808
  • 2012 - 2,412,663
  • 2011 - 2,129,116
  • 2010 - 2,067,271
  • 2009 - 2,170,646
  • 2008 - 2,248,203
  • 2007 - 2,206,294
  • 2006 - 2,065,083
  • 2005 - 1,988,585
  • 2004 - 1,960,055
  • 2003 - 2,224,882
  • 2002 - 2,395,693
  • 2001 - 2,222,762
  • 2000 - 2,325,336
  • 1999 - 2,300,631
  • 1998 - 2,477,409
  • 1997 - 2,506,947
  • 1996 - 2,272,398
  • 1995 - 2,208,369
  • 1994 - 2,466,532
  • 1993 - 2,561,234
  • 1992 - 2,579,949
  • 1991 - 2,396,904
  • 1990 - 2,369,083
  • 1989 - 2,204,407
  • 1988 - 2,241,850
  • 1987 - 2,126,790
  • 1986 - 2,053,399
  • 1985 - 1,991,615
  • 1984 - 2,032,238
  • 1983 - 1,424,751
  • 1982 - 1,344,582
  • 1981 - 1,322,449
  • 1980 - 1,408,810
  • 1979 - 1,489,135
  • 1978 - 1,919,989
  • 1977 - 1,785,200
  • 1976 - 1,620,200
  • 1975 - 1,466,700
  • 1974 - 1,307,900
  • 1973 - 1,231,500
  • 1972 - 1,123,790
  • 1971 - 1,347,700
  • 1970 - 1,089,200
  • 1969 - 973,100
  • 1968 - 574,500
  • 1967 - 521,200
  • 1966 - 411,300

The National Park Service (NPS) receives approximately 280 million visitors each year. Visitor Use Statistics, based in Denver, Colorado, provides historic and current visitor use statistics for nearly all of the units in the NPS. NPS field staff count, record, and report visitor use and continually audit park counting procedures to ensure consistency and accuracy of the data. For more information, be sure to visit the Visitor Use Statistics website.

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Did You Know?

Tule Elk

In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...