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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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Improvements to Park Camping Reservation System on the Way

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Date: February 13, 2012
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Coast Campground campsite

Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon announced that beginning on February 22, 2012, visitors will be able to make online reservations for backcountry and boat-in campsites in the Seashore. "We are excited about providing better access and technological improvements to the park reservation system and to the public."

Visitors will be able to make reservations online at www.recreation.gov

Fees will be $20.00 for an individual site accommodating 1-6 people; $40.00 for a small group site for 7-14 people; and $50.00 for a large group site for 15-25 people. Since 2005, those fees were $15, $30, and $40 respectively.

Service for campers will improve by moving the three-month window of reservation currently used, to six months. 

Advance reservations will no longer be accepted at Bear Valley Visitor Center, though walk-in permits will be sold each day, and campers will still need to pick up their permits on the day of their trip at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Please visit our Backcountry Camping page for complete information.


Did You Know?

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

On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...