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Geographical

Area - as of December 31, 2015:

  • Federal Land - 26,399.405 hectares (65,234.35 acres)
  • Nonfederal Land - 2,355.699 hectares (5,821.06 acres)
  • Gross Area - 28,755.104 hectares (71,055.41 acres)

Designated and Potential Wilderness: 13,505.6 hectares (33,373 acres)

~240 km (~150 miles ) of hiking trails

Elevation: 0 to 423 meters (1,407 feet)

Climate

December, January, February and March are the months with the heaviest rainfall. Rainfall averages from about 29 centimeters (11.5 inches) per year out at the tip of Point Reyes where the Lighthouse is located to about 91 centimeters (36 inches) a year at the Headquarters of the National Seashore at Bear Valley, located only a few miles inland.

Average temperature:

  • Winter - High 12°C (53°F), Low 6°C (42°F);
  • Summer - High 18°C (65°F, Low 11°C (51°F)

Significant Dates

  • Legislation authorizing the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore was signed by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962.
  • Public Law 94-544 signed by President Gerald Ford on October 18, 1976 designating 25,370 acres (10267 hectares) of Point Reyes National Seashore as Wilderness.
  • Designated a part of the Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve in 1988.

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Annual Visitation

Year Recreation Visitors
2017 2,456,669
2016 2,438,442
2015 2,501,106
2014 2,433,944
2013 2,641,808
2012 2,412,663
2011 2,129,116
2010 2,067,271
2009 2,170,646
2008 2,248,203
2007 2,206,294
2006 2,065,083
2005 1,988,585
2004 1,960,055
2003 2,224,882
2002 2,395,693
2001 2,222,762
2000 2,325,336
1999 2,300,631
1998 2,477,409
1997 2,505,547
1996 2,272,398
1995 2,208,369
1994 2,466,532
1993 2,561,234
1992 2,579,949
1991 2,396,904
1990 2,369,083
1989 2,204,407
1988 2,241,850
1987 2,126,790
1986 2,053,399
1985 1,991,615
1984 2,032,238
1983 1,424,751
1982 1,344,582
1981 1,322,449
1980 1,408,810
1979 1,489,135
1978 1,919,989
1977 1,785,200
1976 1,620,200
1975 1,466,700
1974 1,307,900
1973 1,231,500
1972 1,123,790
1971 1,347,700
1970 1,089,200
1969 973,100
1968 574,500
1967 521,200
1966 411,300

The National Park Service (NPS) receives over 300 million visitors each year. Visitor Use Statistics, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, provides historic and current visitor use statistics for nearly all of the units in the NPS. NPS field staff count, record, and report visitor use and continually audit park counting procedures to ensure consistency and accuracy of the data. For more information, be sure to visit the Visitor Use Statistics website.

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Last updated: February 7, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(415) 464-5100
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; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; 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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