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 »
Horse Trail Closure at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Horse Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed to the public starting Monday, October 4, 2004 until approximately July 2005. This trail closure is necessary to make extensive repairs to this heavily used and popular trail at Point Reyes.
Point Reyes National Seashore is visited by 2.5 million visitors annually, and many of these visitors hike or ride horses along many of the 147 miles of trails. The 1.7 mile-long Horse Trail connects the park headquarters area and goes up towards Mount Wittenberg to the Sky Trail junction.
The repair work includes repairing severe erosion and removing sections of the old roadbed for approximately month or until the rainy season stops the work.
The Park’s Trail Crew has constructed reroutes at a grade of 10% or less. Prior to this, the trail grade in many locations exceeded 20%. The importance of reducing the grade was done to reduce the amount of severe erosion and long-term maintenance to the trail. Water quality degradation can also occur with excessive runoff. The trail will be closed until next summer to let vegetation stabilize and soils compact to ensure any resource impacts are minimal.
Did You Know?
Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...