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 »
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.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...