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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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?

Elephant seals at the main colony at Point Reyes

Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...