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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Current Conditions

Park Roads

All Park Roads are currently open.

During the week of October 20, 2014, the park's roads crew will be repairing a culvert along Limantour Road. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times and repairs should be completed within one week.

The 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System ended on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and is scheduled to resume on Friday, December 26, 2014.

Park Trails

Visit the Trail Closures and Advisories section of the Trail Guide & Suggested Hike page for the latest trail updates.

Wildlife

In autumn, tule elk continue rutting (mating activity) through October. Tule elk may be viewed on Tomales Point and near Limantour and Drakes Beaches. On weekends through October, tule elk docents are stationed at Tomales Point to help visitors learn more about the tule elk and get a better view of the elk through binoculars. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes on their way south. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.

Visitor Services

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are open throughout the year.
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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.

Through Labor Day, visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during daily ranger-led programs.

Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.

Weather & Tides

Before traveling, check weather forecasts and advisories for Point Reyes at our Weather & Tides page or the National Weather Service.

Latest News

If you're looking for more information about what is happening at Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our News Releases page or our Park Wavelengths page for the most up-to-date news.

Restoration Projects

Abbotts Lagoon
Seashore staff will be working with contractors starting the week of September 2, 2014, to re-treat areas of European beachgrass south of Abbotts Lagoon that have been treated with herbicide initially in past years. More than 95% of the European beachgrass has been treated successfully with herbicide since treatment started in 2011. In addition, the Seashore will initiate a new project to treat up to 22 gross acres of European beachgrass-infested foredunes at B Ranch to benefit the adjacent highly imperiled population of Tidestrom's lupine, a federally endangered plant. Spraying will comply with all label- and permitting-associated constraints, including those related to weather conditions such as wind, fog, and rain. Notification of the potential for spraying during the months of September and early October will be posted at both the Abbotts Lagoon trailhead and at North Beach. Also, sandwich boards will be posted near spray areas during days of actual spraying.

Herbicide Treatment of Invasive Plants in the Giacomini Wetlands
Perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) is a highly invasive weed that has completely taken over many tidal high marsh habitats in San Francisco Bay, and threatens the native plants and wildlife of the Giacomini Wetlands. The park attempted manual removal of pepperweed on three seperate years, but the areal extent of the species has only increased. For this reason, this year, the species will be controlled using chemical means, which has been shown to be very effective in eradicating the species in other natural areas. Work is scheduled to occur on one single day between Monday, October 20, 2014, and October 31, 2014, weather permitting. Download the "Herbicide Treatment of Invasive Plants" flyer for more information. (215 KB PDF)

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