A Natural Sanctuary, A Human Haven

From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.

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Tomales Point Area Plan

The NPS seeks public comment before September 25 for the proposed plan that will update management of the Tomales Point area of the park.

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Start Your Visit Here

Stop by one of our three visitor centers to grab some maps, learn about the park and plan your visit with park staff!

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Where Can I Hike?

Hiking opportunities in Point Reyes are seemingly endless. Use this guide to search for hikes by time, habitat or location.

Two images: On the left, harbor seals hauled out on a sand bar; on the right, a snowy plover chick.
Seasonal Closures to Protect Wildlife

Some areas of the park are closed to all entry or to various activities to protect harbor seals, western snowy plovers, & other wildlife.

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Summer of Service

Want to have fun in the park and give back while doing so? Join us in celebrating our first ever Summer of Service!

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2023 Sand Sculpture Contest Photos

Check out photographs from the 2023 41st Annual Sand Sculpture Contest.

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Park Programs and Events

Get to know your Seashore by going to a ranger program or attending one of these special events!

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Have a Beach Day!

Point Reyes National Seashore contains ~80 miles of shoreline, including dozens of miles of sandy beach which park visitors may explore.

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Coast Miwok Culture, Heritage & Craft

Learn more about the peoples who have called this area home for thousands of years.

A group of visitors watching for gray whales.
Watch for Whales at Point Reyes

Gray whales migrate past Point Reyes from December through May and can frequently be seen from the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.

A 40-foot-tall waterfall cascades over coastal bluffs on the right onto a sandy ocean beach.
Alamere Falls

A 13-mile minimum round-trip hike is required to safely visit this coastal waterfall. Please respect the Wilderness and Leave No Trace.

A man carrying a young child walks a dog on a sandy beach.
Where Can I Walk My Dog at Point Reyes?

Pets are welcome on only a few trails and beaches at Point Reyes. Pets must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.

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A Bright Star in the Conservation Galaxy

Learn about the variety of people who rallied together to protect their vision for a National Seashore from fast-encroaching development.

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Point Reyes: Then and Now

Point Reyes National Seashore has changed a lot; both in it's sixty years as a National Park, and in it's long history prior.

A bull tule elk flanked by two female elk.
Tomales Point Tule Elk Reserve Update

Check out our FAQ on the tule elk at Tomales Point.

Spaletta (C) Ranch with the Point Reyes Headlands in the background.
General Management Plan Amendment

Two-year interim leases for beef and dairy ranching are now posted.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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