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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 Changes to the Superintendent's Compendium

    Point Reyes National Seashore will be including an unmanned aircraft closure to the Superintendent's Compendium. The NPS invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns about this change. Comment deadline is August 19. More »

Current Conditions

Park Roads

All Park Roads are currently open.

The 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System ended on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Park Trails

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.

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


In summer, many species of birds raise their newly hatched young at Point Reyes, offering bird watchers many opportunities to see chicks, fledgling, juvenile, and adult birds. Thousands of common murres struggle to protect their incubating eggs while perched on the surf-pounded rocks below the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Visitors to the Lighthouse may also witness peregrine falcons chasing marauding ravens from their nests and territory. Tule elk begin rutting (mating activity) by early August. Tule elk may be viewed on Tomales Point and near Limantour and Drakes Beaches. On weekends, 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. 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.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is open weekends during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

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.

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Did You Know?

Bubblegum coral. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...