Camping within Point Reyes National Seashore is by prepaid permit only. Camping permits must be obtained at the Bear Valley Visitor Center before starting your trip. There is no after-hours self-registration for camping available. You must have made a reservation in advance to camp within Point Reyes National Seashore.
If you have made a reservation and are arriving after 5 p.m., a permit will be left for you in a small wooden box on the back side of the information board outside of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Retrieve your permit from the box, fill in the highlighted sections, sign the permit, remove the carbon copies and put the carbon copies back in the box. Attach the original permit to your backpack as you travel to your campsite, then attach it to the outside of your tent once you’ve set up camp.
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