Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Limantour Shuttle Bus
The National Park Service provided a free trial shuttle bus service during the month of July, 2008 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation to evaluate the potential for expanding and improving public transportation within Point Reyes National Seashore to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The free shuttle, which was scheduled to run on weekends during the month of July, 2008, provided some additional opportunities for park visitors that would not be convenient if traveling by private automobile. The long roundtrip distances or the need to have two cars to make the outing easier may have deterred visitors wanting to take some of the more scenic hikes within the seashore.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a Climate Friendly Park due to the efforts of reducing waste, implementing sustainable practices and reducing GHG emissions. The park has an action plan to further reduce GHG emissions with a goal of 15% reduction over 2005 levels by 2012. Public transportation is one way to help achieve that goal. In the 2005 baseline year, visitor automobiles contributed 1,320 metric tons of emissions or 17% of the park’s total emissions.
Make a car-free trip to Point Reyes National Seashore!
Weekends and holidays, the West Marin Stagecoach's North Route 68 departs from the San Rafael Transit Center at 8:05 a.m., 11:35 a.m. and, on Saturdays only, at 1:00 p.m., and arrives at the Bear Valley Visitor Center approximately an hour later.
Explore the Visitor Center and then board the Limantour Beach Shuttle at 9:52 a.m., 12:55 p.m., or 2:10 p.m.
Spend the day at Limantour Beach, and catch the Shuttle back to the Visitor Center by 4:23 p.m. You'll arrive in time to catch the 5:08 p.m. West Marin Stage back towards San Rafael.
Limantour Beach Pilot Shuttle Schedule
* Last connection to westbound West Marin Stagecoach (to Inverness) at 4:18 p.m.
Hikes made possible by riding the Limantour Shuttle (all one-way distances)
2-page Flyer for Limantour Shuttle Bus (1,815 KB PDF)
Did You Know?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...