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 »
Experience a Solar Eclipse in Your National Parks
Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 415-786-8021
Contact: John Golda, 415-464-5143
The first solar eclipse viewable in the U.S. in the last 18 years will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Visitors are invited to witness this event from their National Parks. The spectacular scenery of San Francisco Bay Area national parks, including Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, will provide a beautiful backdrop for viewing this rare event.
During an eclipse the moon passes in front of the sun blocking its light. The full eclipse will not be visible in the San Francisco Bay Area. Instead, we will witness a partial eclipse. The sun will start to dim beginning at 5:15 pm local time with the maximum eclipse visible at 6:32 pm. Weather willing, park visitors can expect to see about 90% of the sun covered by the moon-leaving only a glowing, crescent-shaped sliver of the sun still visible.
"The National Parks offer an unparalleled opportunity to experience and understand the world around us. This eclipse is another example of how the public can enjoy the world around them from practically their own back yard," said Cicely Muldoon, Park Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Safety is always critical. Because this is not a total solar eclipse, the sun can damage eyes, so viewers should use special solar glasses or other protection to view the event. One should never look directly into the sun, nor use telescopes or sunglasses. Again, eye safety is very important. There are a variety of filters and lenses that can be purchased that allow safe viewing. Similarly, many devices can be made that allow safe projection of the eclipse.
Scheduled Events: At Point Reyes National Seashore, Ranger led-programs and talks will be available during the day at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Where to View the Eclipse: Because the eclipse is happening during sunset, an unobstructed, west-facing view near the coast is best. Places like Ocean Beach and Lands End, and Muir Beach, are recommended. Alternately, especially if there is fog, somewhere higher up like Hawk Hill, Dias Ridge, Ft Funston, and Mori Point may still offer good viewing.
At Point Reyes National Seashore, in addition to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the Lighthouse area, the Point Reyes Beach, and Limantour Beach should provide great views.
National Park Service eclipse web page:
NASA eclipse web site:
NASA web site to calculate eclipse details from any U.S. city:
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