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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures

    From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

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. However, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week through late May 2014, and is tentatively scheduled to reopen for weekends during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). 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

Winter Hours began on Sunday, November 3, 2013:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open on:
Weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Lighthouse Visitor Center

Operational Changes Beginning May 1, 2013:
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is 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 is 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 open (as weather & staffing permit):
Fridays through Mondays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

All Lighthouse facilities are closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center, the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse, and the Lens Room are scheduled to reopen on Thursdays from May 29, 2014, through August 28, 2014.

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 Beginning May 1, 2013:
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week through late May 2014, and is scheduled to reopen for weekends during the summer (Saturday, May 24, 2014, through Monday, September 1, 2014).

Top of Page

 

SEASONAL EVENTS

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Gray Whale Migration

X

X

X

X

Elephant Seal Breeding

X

X

X

X

Bird Migration

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Harbor Seal Pupping

X

X

X

X

Peak Flower Blooms

X

X

Tule Elk Rut

X

X

X

X

Big Time Festival

X

Sand Sculpture Contest

X

Top of Page

Did You Know?

Humpback whale spout

Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...