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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

2008 Shuttle Bus Transportation System Begins as Whales and Seals Arrive!

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Date: December 6, 2007
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140

Shuttle Bus

Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the 10th year of shuttle bus transportation beginning Saturday, December 29, 2007 and running through mid-April 2008. "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 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 Federal Senior and Access pass 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 or visit our Winter Shuttle Bus System page.

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Did You Know?

Bubblegum coral. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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