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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.

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...