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Point Reyes National Seashore Accessible to Public during December 2018 Government Shutdown

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Date: December 22, 2018
Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Point Reyes Station, CA – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Point Reyes National Seashore, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Point Reyes National Seashore, including visitor centers, public information, some restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance. Some services may be available that are provided by concessioners such as the Point Reyes Hostel, Five Brooks Ranch, and Drakes Beach Café/Bookstore.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, check-in/check-out, issuance of backcountry permits, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit


Last updated: January 28, 2019

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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; 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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