A Look into the Lens - CANCELLED until further notice

Point Reyes National Seashore



Location: LAT/LONG: 37.995830, -123.022990

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Repeating Event


Every week on Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday


April 17, 2020 to December 21, 2020


2:30 PM


1 hour and 30 minutes

Type of Event



CANCELLED until further notice

Following guidance from the CDC and public health officials, and to comply with county-wide shelter-in-place legal orders, which are in effect from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice, Point Reyes National Seashore's ranger- and volunteer-led programs and activities have been cancelled for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. Updates will be posted to our Current Conditions page and to the park's social media channels.

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fridays through Mondays, mid-April through December

See inside the Point Reyes Lighthouse and discover its history and function with a park ranger. Access requires a strenuous descent and ascent of 313 stairs. The stairs close when weather and winds are hazardous, i.e., if the winds are in excess of 40 mph (64 kmph). The first gallery (the middle chamber), which houses the original clockworks and from which one can get a close look at the first-order Fresnel lens,  is open with a ranger present from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, Fridays through Mondays. The Visitor Center and steps leading down to the Lighthouse are are closed all day on December 25. No programs are offered on these days.

Operational Changes that began on May 1, 2013: The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse are now only open 10 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. Therefore, the "A Look into the Lens" program is now only offered Fridays through Mondays for most of the year. However, from Thursday, June 25, 2015, through Monday, September 28, 2015, the park was able to temporarily restore pre-2013 hours and the Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse were open 10 am to 4:30 pm, Thursdays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The schedule for summer 2020 has yet to be determined.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

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Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center
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