Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Drakes Beach Café Temporarily Closed for Repairs November 30 through December 27, 2007
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
From Friday, November 30, 2007 through Thursday, December 27, 2007, the Drakes Beach Café will be closed for housekeeping activities prior to the busy whale watching and elephant seal viewing season. The café will reopen on Friday, December 28 and hours of operation for the winter season will be Friday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Monday, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. They also take reservations for dinners on Fridays at (415) 669-1297.
The Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open weekends and holidays at this time and will begin selling tickets for the popular shuttle bus operation starting on Saturday, December 29, 2007. The shuttle takes visitors from Drakes Beach parking lot, to the Lighthouse parking lot, then on to the Chimney Rock parking lot before returning to Drakes Beach. Visitors can get on and off the shuttle at anytime. The fee for the shuttle operation is $5 for adults, children 16 and under ride free.
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...