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 »
2006 Shuttle Bus Transportation System Begins as Whales and Seals Arrive!
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140
Point Reyes National Seashore
Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the eighth year of shuttle bus transportation beginning Saturday, December 31, 2005 and running through mid-April 2006. "It’s an exciting time to visit the park with elephant seals returning to the Point Reyes Headlands and gray whales migrating between Alaska and Mexico." Visitors will be able to experience the newly refurbished Elephant Seal Overlook trail recently completed through partnerships with the Point Reyes Seashore Association, California Coastal Conservancy, and the Marin Conservation Corps. Limited parking is available at prime viewing areas such as Chimney Rock and the Historic Lighthouse and bus service eases congestion in these areas. The shuttle transportation system was identified in the Headlands Management Plan as an important tool to protect the fragile headlands but also allow access for visitors.
Bus service runs only on weekends and holidays in good weather. Ticket sales open at 9:00 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach and close at 3:00 pm. Children 16 and under are free, adult tickets are $5.00 per person and Golden Age and Access discounts apply to the purchase. Sir Francis Drake Highway is closed at South Beach when the busses are operating, road closures begin at 9:00 am and the road reopens approximately at 5:15 pm. For more information, please call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 464-5100.
Did You Know?
In addition to raising sea levels and temperatures, the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing ocean chemistry by reducing the pH of the ocean. This decreased pH reduces the availability of minerals which marine organisms use to build shells and reef structures. More...