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    Point Reyes

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Seals, Whales, and Shuttle Bus Service Return!

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Date: December 10, 2001
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?

Dorsal view of a gray whale breaching. Photo by Merrill Gosho/NOAA.

The Endangered Species Act turned 40 on December 28, 2013. 99 percent of the plants and animals protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray whale, and peregrine falcon, all of which can be seen at Point Reyes. More...