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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

2013 Shuttle Bus Transportation System Begins as Whales and Seals Arrive!

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Date: December 10, 2012
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140

Winter Shuttle Bus/Marin Airporter awaiting passengers at Drakes Beach.

Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon announces the 15th year of shuttle bus transportation beginning Saturday, December 29, 2012, and running through mid-April 2013. "Winter is a wonderful time not only to watch the annual Pacific gray whale migration from Alaska to Mexico but also to celebrate the recovering populations of northern elephant seals as they return to breed at Point Reyes."

Limited parking is available at prime viewing areas such as the Historic Lighthouse and Chimney Rock headlands. 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 9:30 am at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach and close at 3 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 junction when the busses are operating. Road closures begin at 9 am and the road reopens approximately at 5:15 pm. For more information, please call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100 x2 x5 or visit our Winter Shuttle Bus System page.

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Fog-filled valley with yellow twilight glow over a ridge in the background. © John B. Weller.

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