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 and Christmas Eve. 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:

Spring, summer, and early fall hours from Sunday, March 8, 2015, through TBD:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center is 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 will be open until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Winter hours:
From TBD (early or mid-autumn 2015) through TBD (late winter or early spring 2016), Bear Valley Visitor Center hours of operations are anticipated to be similar to the reduced hours of the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 fall-winter-spring seasons:
Weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Lighthouse Visitor Center

Summer hours from Thursday, June 25, 2015, through Monday, September 7, 2015:
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is open:
Thursdays 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 open (weather permitting):
Thursdays 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 open (as weather & staffing permit):
Thursdays through Mondays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

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

Operational Changes which began May 1, 2013:
Hours of operations for the Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse after September 7, 2015, are anticipated to will be similar to the reduced hours of the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 fall-winter-spring seasons:
Open Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays through Thursdays

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

Operational Changes which began May 1, 2013:
Summer hours from Saturday, June 27, 2015, through Monday, September 7, 2015:
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on:
Weekends and Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Closed Tuesdays through Fridays.
Note: The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will not be open on Monday, June 29.

After Labor Day, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week through late December 2015. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will then reopen for weekends and holidays from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm for the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System, which resumes operations on December 26, 2015.

PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays through Thursdays

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SEASONAL EVENTS

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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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