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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Places To Go

Upon arriving at Point Reyes National Seashore, many visitors stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Here one can obtain information on current weather, road and trail conditions, or watch one of the orientation films. You can also pick up a camping permit here if you wish to stay overnight in one of the Seashore's campgrounds. In the immediate vicinity of the Bear Valley Visitor Center are a few short nature trails and other interpretive exhibits. A few of the more popular hiking trails start here as well.

Beyond the Bear Valley Visitor Center are roads that lead to beaches, trailheads, and other points of interest, such as the Lighthouse and Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Centers, and the Tomales Point Elk Reserve.

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Did You Know?

Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...