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 »
Seals, Whales, and Shuttle Bus Service Return!
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140
Point Reyes National Seashore announces the beginning of the 2001-2002 shuttle bus service as of Saturday, December 29, 2001 through mid-April 2002. The annual weekends and holidays only closure coincides with the seasonal migrations of gray whales and elephant seals. “At this time of year, we have several major natural history events occurring at the Point Reyes Headlands area and the number of visitors coming to the area to enjoy these events can be overwhelming to this small and fragile area, stated Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “Traffic congestion within the Headlands has been identified as a major problem in our public planning process. The Lighthouse area is a prime whale watching area while Chimney Rock is known for the annual breeding of the Northern elephant seals and the spring wildflower displays.”
The shuttle bus service occurs on weekends and holidays in good weather. Sir Francis Drake Highway closes at South Beach at 9:00 am and visitors are diverted to Drakes Beach to ride the shuttle. Round trip service is $4.00 per person with children 12 and under free. Shuttle busses run continuously on demand with ticket sales ending at 3:00 pm and the last bus leaving for the Headlands at 3:30 pm. Sir Francis Drake Highway reopens at 5:15 pm.
The return of elephant seals to Point Reyes beaches also prompts the temporary closure of the southern end of South Beach to dog use. Leashed dogs are permitted at North Beach, Kehoe Beach and the southern section of Limantour Beach.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...