Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
Recent Storms Takes Toll on Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The recent series of storms, which hit northern California, this past week has caused damage to the Point Reyes National Seashore. The intensity of the storms would not allow National Park Service crews to assess the potential damage incurred on the 140 miles of hiking trails. Crews have been assembled today to begin this assessment.
The only trails open to the public at this time include Abbotts Lagoon, Kehoe Beach, Tomales Point, Bull Point, and Bolinas Ridge in the Olema Valley.
Limantour Road has developed two major failures and will be closed to the public until further notice. Engineers from the Federal Highway Administration will be on scene tomorrow to assess the road failure and estimate the length of time for the closure. Limantour Road allows access to the Sky Trailhead, Point Reyes Hostel, Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, and Limantour Beach. Other closures include all campgrounds, Mesa Road near Bolinas which allows access to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and the Palomarin Beach and Trailhead.
Acting Superintendent Frank Dean stated, “We have work crews diligently working to open up the primary access roads followed by the secondary roads and primary trails. We are also having a helicopter fly over this morning to assess trail damage from the air.”
There are still a number of areas within the Seashore that remain open. They are the Bear Valley Visitor Center, Morgan Horse Ranch, Earthquake Trail, North and South Beaches, Drakes Beach, Abbotts Lagoon, Kehoe Beach, Tomales Bay State Park, and Pierce Point Ranch.
Did You Know?
Deathcap mushrooms are found throughout the Point Reyes region and are the most poisonous mushrooms in the world. But they're fairly new arrivals here. They invaded the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1930s, likely brought over on cork trees from Europe for the wine industry. More...