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On this page, you will find the legislation establishing Point Reyes National Seashore and designating Wilderness within the National Seashore, along with documents detailing the Rules and Regulations for the National Seashore. Check out our Park Regulations page in the Plan Your Visit section for an overview of the rules that apply to most visitor activities.


General Agreements

On Monday, August 9, 2021, a General Agreement for a Government-to-Government Partnership (235 KB PDF) was signed between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Interior Regions 8, 9, 10, and 12, which specifically includes the Point Reyes National Seashore and those sections of Marin County which are administrated by the Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Management efforts will focus on designations of Native American Traditional Cultural Properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and ensure Tribal views and traditional ecological knowledge are part of the management of tule elk and the ranching lands in Point Reyes National Seashore.


Current Administrative Orders

Administrative Order 21-001 - effective February 5, 2021, until further notice
Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks when others are present, except when actively eating or drinking, in buildings and many outdoor areas within Point Reyes National Seashore where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Administrative Order 21-001 - signed on February 5, 2021 (94 KB PDF)


Current Temporary Closures

Temporary Closure of Kule Loklo - Thursday, May 13, 2021, until further notice
Kule Loklo and Kule Loklo Trail from the trailhead at Bear Valley Parking Lot to the village area and extending to its intersection with the Horse Trail are closed to all visitors, contractors, and employees who are not working on hazard tree mitigation. Several highly hazardous trees have been identified and are pending mitigation. The area is closed for public safety.
Determination of Temporary Closure - May 13, 2021, until further notice - signed on May 17, 2021 (27 KB PDF)

Temporary Closure of Palomarin Beach Trail - Thursday, September 24, 2020, until further notice
The Palomarin Beach Trail has been determined to be unsafe due to unstable and failing sections of the trail and is closed to all visitors, employees and residents until further notice.
Determination of Temporary Closure - September 24, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 24, 2020 (27 KB PDF)

Tocaloma or Old Platform Bridge Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice
A temporary closure of the bridge known as Tocaloma or Old Platform Bridge, which runs parallel to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at its intersection with Platform Bridge Road, is in effect to all vehicular traffic due until further notice. The bridge is being closed to vehicular traffic due to structural deficiencies that make the weight of a vehicle unsafe to cross over the bridge.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice - signed on January 13, 2020 (49 KB PDF)

The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.


Marine Life Protection Act

Marine Protected Areas are marine or estuarine areas set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. Marine protected areas in the waters adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore went into effect on May 1, 2010. Visit our Marine Life Protection Act page for more information.


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Last updated: November 12, 2021

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956


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