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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. 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 »
Shuttle Bus Service Begins on December 28, 2002
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore will begin the annual shuttle bus program beginning on Saturday, December 28. Operating only on weekends and holidays until early April, the popular shuttle bus program runs from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and then on to Chimney Rock before returning to Drakes Beach. Park visitors need to purchase tickets at Drakes Beach from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. No advance reservations are required. The price is $4.oo for adults and children under 12 are free.
This program was introduced to reduce the number of vehicles travelling to the Point Reyes Headlands during this busy time of year. As the Pacific gray whale journeys past he Headlands, the northern elephant seals also return to the beaches for pupping and breeding. Shuttles will not operate during inclement weather. Visitors can call the Bear Valley Visitor Center for more information at 415-464-5100.
Did You Know?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse was completed in 1870, 16 years after Congress initially appropriated funds for its construction. It still stands in its original location, having weathered over 140 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast. More...