Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
20th Annual Big Time Festival At Kule Loklo
Contact: Kim Linse, 415-464-5100
Point Reyes National Seashore
For thousands of years, the Native Americans of this area have gathered each summer for one of the most exciting events of the year -- Big Time. It is a gala reunion for relatives and old friends. A time for trading, dancing, matchmaking, gambling, and feasting. Tribes from areas now known as Vallejo, Concord, Mendocino, Sacramento, and Point Reyes converged at a central, pre-arranged site carrying everything they needed for the journey and the month long encampment. They brought makeshift shelters of tule, food to contribute to the feasting, tools for food preparation and hunting, and items for trade.
Point Reyes National Seashore is hosting the 20th Annual Big Time Festival on Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will illustrate their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clam shell bead making, and more. Californian Native American crafts will be available for sale and Native American dance groups will be performing after noon.
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 may 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 Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and the National Park Service. For more information please call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100.
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