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 »
Prescribed Burns Planned in the Estero Trailhead Area the Week of November 5, 2001
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore will begin conducting a series of prescribed fires in the Estero trailhead area the week of November 5th as weather conditions allow. The areas planned for burns are along both sides of the Estero Road on the McDonald and Murphy ranches, as well as west of Sir Francis Drake Highway on the Rogers ranch. The goal of these burns is to eliminate the non-native plant species Scotch broom. In order to be successful in eliminating Scotch broom, repeated burning may be necessary in future years. There are eight burn units totaling approximately 423 acres in size. These units will be burned in sections and will probably take several days to conduct.
To complete this prescribed fire program, National Park Service fire personnel will be working in cooperation with other local fire agencies, including Marin County Fire Department.
Burning also provides other ecological benefits such as improved wildlife habitat and an improved environment for native plant species.
The prescribed fires will only be conducted if weather and other conditions are favorable. The fires will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service and local fire department personnel.
Did You Know?
40 percent of all debris items picked up during California Coastal Cleanup Days are cigarette butts. In 2008, volunteers picked up over 340,000 of them in only three hours. 2008 was the 24th straight year in which cigarette butts were the most numerous debris item picked up. More...