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 »
All Park Roads are currently open, except for the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on weekends when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating.
The Winter Shuttle Bus System resumed on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed to private vehicles at the South Beach junction from 9 am through 5:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when the weather is fair or better. Shuttle service will not run during stormy or extremely wet weather. Check the telephone weather recording at 415-464-5100 x2 x1 for updates on whether shuttles are operating. The shuttle season usually lasts through mid-April.
The wooden staircase at the Sea Lion Overlook will be closed for repairs from January 6 through April 1, 2014 (updated on March 7). National Park Service staff will replace the stairs using non-leaching materials in order to reduce potential delivery of pollutants to the Point Reyes Headlands Area of Special Biological Significance, a State Water Quality Protection Area. more...
In 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 can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
From March 1 through June 30, an annual recreational closure of Drakes Estero is implemented to protect the harbor seals during their pupping season, a very sensitive time of the year for these pinnipeds. The closure applies to kayak and canoe usage but is applicable to surfers, windsurfers, abalone divers, recreational fishing, and other water sport users around harbor seal colonies in the area. The western most point of Limantour Spit is also closed to all human activity during the pupping season. Hog Island in Tomales Bay is closed during this same time period protection of harbor seal pupping areas, as well as for nesting and roosting sea birds such as double-crested cormorants and brown pelicans.
The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are open throughout the year. Since 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. Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. more...
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open weekends and Federal Holidays (excluding January 1, 2014) from Saturday, December 28 through the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed seven days a week from approximately April through December 2014.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
Weather & Tides
Did You Know?
Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...