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 »
Public transportation in West Marin and Point Reyes is limited. 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.
Point Reyes National Seashore currently offers no other public transportation. On weekends during the month of July, 2008, the National Park Service provided a free trial shuttle bus service between Olema Campground and Limantour Beach, with stops at the the Bear Valley Visitor Center and Bayview Trailhead.
West Marin Stagecoach provides public transportation seven days a week between Inverness and San Rafael along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard with service to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Stagecoach provides service between Stinson Beach/Bolinas and Point Reyes Station along Highway 1. For a full listing of bus routes and times, visit their Stage Schedule page. For more information, call 415-526-3239.
You can use the 511 TakeTransit Trip Planner to figure out how to use public transit to get to the San Rafael Transit Center where you can pick up the West Marin Stagecoach. Enter "Third and Hetherton" and "San Rafael" in the destination fields.
Golden Gate Transit (GGT) provides public transportation to many locations within Marin County. For more information on GGT and to access GGT schedules and maps, check out GGT's website or call toll-free 511 from within the Bay Area or 415-455-2000 if calling from outside the Bay Area.
Did You Know?
Climate scientists warn that the safe upper limit for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations is 350 parts per million (ppm). For most of human history, atmospheric CO2 rarely exceeded 275 ppm--until the industrial revolution. As of 2013, atmospheric CO2 was ~400 ppm–-and rising 2 ppm/year. More...