All park Visitor Centers will be closed and no ranger-led programs will be offered on Thursday, December 25, 2014. Park roads, trails, and beaches are otherwise open on December 25. If you have made a reservation for backcountry camping that begins on December 25, call 415-464-5100 x2 x5 to find out what you will need to do to pick up your camping permit.
Many roads to and from and within Point Reyes National Seashore may be blocked due to flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and/or powerlines. As of 2:45 pm on Friday, December 12, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard had re-opened after being closed west of Pierce Point Road due to flooding. Other reports of closures and re-openings of roads are being received too frequently to keep this page up-to-date. For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.
For more information on road closures in Marin County and the Bay Area, check the Marin Sheriff Current Emergency Information, the California Department of Transportation's Current Highway Conditions, and CHP Traffic Incident Information (select "Golden Gate" from the "Communication Centers" drop-down menu in the upper left corner, then look for "Marin" in the "Location" and/or "Area" columns) websites.
The Winter Shuttle Bus System ended on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and is scheduled to resume on Friday, December 26, 2014.
In the late autumn and early winter, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Coho salmon are swimming up area streams to spawn, elephant seals are hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock, and gray whales are migrating past the point. Many species of birds are wintering at Point Reyes, and, although the tule elk rut season has ended, they can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed until Friday, December 26, 2014, after which it will be open weekends and some federal holidays through the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
Visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during Weekend Ranger's Choice Programs.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
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