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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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 from early September through late December. 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

Summer and early fall hours from Saturday, May 24, 2014, through Sunday, November 2, 2014:
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

Bear Valley Visitor Center hours of operations after November 2, 2014, will be similar to the reduced hours of the 2013–2014 fall-winter-spring seasons:
Weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4:30 pm

From June 6, 2014, through August 30, 2014, the Bear Valley Visitor Center was open until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays of summer 2015 have yet to be determined.

Lighthouse Visitor Center

Operational Changes which began 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 reopened on Thursdays from May 29, 2014, through August 28, 2014. No decision has yet to be made concerning whether these facilities will be reopened on Thursdays for the summer of 2015.

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

Summer hours from Saturday, May 24, 2014, through Monday, September 1, 2014:
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on:
Weekends and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Mondays through Fridays.

After Labor Day, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week through late December 2014. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will 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 27, 2014.

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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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Did You Know?

Dorsal view of a gray whale breaching. Photo by Merrill Gosho/NOAA.

The Endangered Species Act turned 40 on December 28, 2013. 99 percent of the plants and animals protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray whale, and peregrine falcon, all of which can be seen at Point Reyes. More...