Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open daily from sunrise to midnight throughout the year. Overnight camping is available by permit only.

All Visitor Centers are normally open throughout the year, but are closed December 25. Visitor Centers may close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving. Call 415-464-5100 for hours of operation on these holidays.

Visitor Center hours are as follows:

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Operational Changes which began on May 1, 2013:

Winter Hours began on Sunday, November 1, 2015:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open on:
Weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Spring, summer, and early fall hours from Sunday, March 13, 2016, through Saturday, November 5, 2016:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open on:
Weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 5 pm

From July 3, 2015, through September 5, 2015, the Bear Valley Visitor Center was open until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays of summer 2016 have yet to be determined.

Lighthouse Visitor Center

Operational Changes which began May 1, 2013:
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is only open on:
Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The stairs leading down to the Lighthouse, the exhibits in the lower Lighthouse chamber, and the Equipment Building are only open (weather permitting):
Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The Lens Room (the main chamber of the Lighthouse, which contains the Fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism) is only open (as weather & staffing permit):
Fridays through Mondays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse are closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center, the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse, and the Lens Room reopened on Thursdays from June 25, 2015, through September 24, 2015. No decision has yet to be made concerning whether these facilities will be reopened on Thursdays for the summer of 2016.

On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

Winter hours from Saturday, December 26, 2015, through late March 2016:
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on:
Weekends and federal holidays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on days when the park operates the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
Closed Mondays through Fridays, and on weekends and holidays when the park does NOT operate the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

Call 415-464-5100 x2 x3 x1 the evening prior to or the morning of your visit to learn whether the park will or will not be operating the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

Operational Changes which began May 1, 2013:
Once the Winter Shuttle Bus System ends operations in late March, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week.

During the summer of 2015, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was open on weekends and Mondays from Saturday, June 27, 2015, through Monday, September 7, 2015, and on weekends from Saturday, September 12, 2015, through Sunday, September 27, 2015. No decision has yet to be made as to whether the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open during the summer of 2016.

PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open:
Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays (except Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays through Fridays, and on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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SEASONAL EVENTS

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Gray Whale Migration

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Elephant Seal Breeding

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Bird Migration

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Harbor Seal Pupping

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Peak Flower Blooms

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Tule Elk Rut

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Big Time Festival

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Sand Sculpture Contest

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