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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 16.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 16. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 17.

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 12/27/2014, 12/28/2014, 01/03/2015, 01/04/2015, 01/10/2015, 01/11/2015, 01/17/2015, 01/18/2015, 01/19/2015, 01/24/2015, 01/25/2015, 01/31/2015, 02/01/2015, 02/07/2015, 02/08/2015, 02/14/2015, 02/15/2015, 02/16/2015, 02/21/2015, 02/22/2015, 02/28/2015, 03/01/2015, 03/07/2015, 03/08/2015, 03/14/2015, 03/15/2015, 03/21/2015, 03/22/2015, 03/28/2015, 03/29/2015

    Main elephant seal colony
    Location: Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock | Map Time: 11:00 AM to 4:30 AM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 415-669-1534

Weekends and holidays, December 27, 2014, through March 29, 2015, weather permitting. Volunteer docents will be stationed at the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Visitors will be able to view an elephant seal colony through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Ask the volunteer docents about the amazing adaptations and life cycles of northern elephant seals.

The Historic Chimney Rock Lifesaving Station may also be open from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Kids activities, a 10-minute video on elephant seals, and complimentary hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee) will be available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the high volume of traffic out to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the gray whale migration, the park will be operating a shuttle bus system from the Drakes Beach parking lot (usually from New Year's weekend to Easter each year on weekends and holidays-weather permitting). Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from South Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas WILL BE CLOSED during shuttle operating hours.

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