• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 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 »

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    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 »

2007 Shuttle Bus Transportation System Begins as Whales and Seals Arrive!

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Date: December 5, 2006
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140

Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the ninth year of shuttle bus transportation beginning Saturday, December 30, 2006 and running through mid-April 2007.  “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.”  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 KenPatrickVisitorCenter at DrakesBeach 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 SouthBeach 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 BearValleyVisitorCenter at (415) 464-5100 or visit our Winter Shuttle Bus System page.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...