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 »
18th Annual Big Time Festival At Kule Loklo
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Every summer for hundreds of years the Native Americans of this area walked for sometimes weeks to what was probably the most exciting event of the year -- Big Time. It was a gala reunion for relatives and old friends. A time for matchmaking, gambling, feasting, dancing, and trade. Tribes from areas now known as Vallejo, Concord, Mendocino, Sacramento, and Point Reyes would converge at a central, pre-arranged site carrying on their backs everything they would need for the journey and for the month long encampment. They brought makeshift shelters of tule, food to contribute to the feasting, tools for food preparation and hunting, and items they would offer for trade such as baskets or obsidian.
Point Reyes National Seashore is holding its 18th Annual Big Time Festival Saturday, July 18, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will show off their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clam shell bead making, and acorn preparation. Native American crafts will be for sale and Native American dance groups will be performing after 1:00 pm.
Please be aware that dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Kule Loklo. Free parking is available at the Bear Valley Visitor Center where you can access the 0.4 mile long trail leading to Kule Loklo.
This event is great for the whole family and is free of charge. The festival is sponsored in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, the National Park Service, the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin, and the Federated Coast Miwok. For more information please call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 663-1092.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...