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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Point Reyes Fire Management will be using heavy equipment on the Inverness Ridge Trail this week.

    A recreation advisory is in effect for hiking, horse riding, and biking along the Inverness Ridge Trail (aka Bayview Fire Road) during the week of September 14, 2014. Extra caution in this area is critical while work is in progress. More »

Press Kit: Exceptional Park Resources

Natural Resources
  • Over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres of wilderness
  • 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline
  • 27 threatened and endangered species
  • Over 900 species of flowering plants
  • More than 120 species of trees
  • 480 bird species in North America (over 45%) have been sighted here and the American Bird Conservancy named Point Reyes as one of 100 "globally important bird areas."
  • 65 species of mammals
  • 28 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 125 species of fish from 45 families
  • The San Andreas Fault separates the Point Reyes Peninsula from the rest of the North American continent


Cultural and Historic Resources

  • The cultural history of Point Reyes extends back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians, who were the first known inhabitants of the peninsula.
  • According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European to do so.
  • In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, key lighthouse and lifesaving stations were established by the United States government in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • In the early 1800s, Mexican land grantees established ranchos.
  • American agricultural operations, begun in the late 1800s, continue to this day in the Seashore's pastoral zone.
  • 352 designated historic structures
  • 34 cultural landscapes
  • 124 archeological sites
  • 516,000 objects and documents in the park's museum collection
  • Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, a National Historic Landmark
  • Morgan Horse Ranch


Infrastructure

  • 5 backcountry campgrounds
  • 28 water systems
  • 150 miles of trails
  • approximately 100 miles of roads
  • 310 public and administrative structures
  • 51 wastewater systems
  • 3 visitor centers
  • 1 environmental education center
  • 1 science and learning center
  • 30 restroom complexes
  • 34 housing units

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Did You Know?

Humpback whale spout

Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...