Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
Hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore
The National Seashore has about 240 kilometers (150 miles) of hiking trails to explore. Trail maps are available at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and on our Maps page. There are many ways to customize your hike to accommodate your physical and time limitations. Stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center for current trail information and suggested hikes.
To keep your adventure safe and enjoyable, and to protect park resources, please observe the following:
Dust off your hiking boots and register for the 2013 Point Reyes Trails Challenge, a self-paced hike-a-thon and fundraiser for Point Reyes National Seashore's trails and wildlife that promotes Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area. Individuals or teams can register during National Park Week starting April 24. Challengers will choose to ride, walk, hike, or run 25, 50, 75, or 150 miles of park trails between June 1 and October 1, 2013. The event provides an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of all Bay Area residents and encourages regular use and enjoyment of our seaside park. The event helps support a Point Reyes Trails Trust, and is sponsored by the Seashore's nonprofit park partner, Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
The public is also invited to attend a free Trails Festival on National Trails Day Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 10 am to 4 pm in celebration of park trails at the Bear Valley Picnic Area. Enjoy music, food, and variety of information booths to help you get to know the park better. You can register or start the Challenge, volunteer for a trail service project, participate in mini-classes and more. Hikers, equestrians, and explorers of all fitness levels are welcome. Learn more at www.ptreyes.org.
NPSWilderness has produced three videos entitled Wilderness Calling: Point Reyes, Wilderness Motion: Point Reyes, and Wilderness Visions: Point Reyes featuring images and sounds from the Phillip Burton Wilderness within Point Reyes National Seashore, in addition to two videos about NPS wilderness: America's Wilderness and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics which hikers, campers, and other visitors to Point Reyes may find of interest.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) regularly plunge to depths of 2000 feet to find food, but even far below the ocean's surface they are affected by warming temperatures and melting Antarctic ice. More...