Temporary facilities closure is in effect through Sunday, May 3, 2020
Following guidance from the CDC and public health officials, and to comply with county-wide shelter-in-place legal orders, Point Reyes National Seashore's visitor centers and campgrounds are temporarily closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020. No camping or beach fire permits will be issued for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. All ranger-led programs or volunteer activities have been cancelled. Access to trails, beaches, and restrooms (excluding the Bear Valley Visitor Center restrooms) is only available if readily accessible by foot, bicycle, or other non-motorized means for the purpose of engaging in essential activities including outdoor exercise as defined in the March 31, 2020, Shelter in Place Order and Parks Additional Closure Order. Access of park facilities shall be by non-motorized means, except that disabled individuals with vehicles possessing current and valid Disabled Person (DP) Parking Placards or DP License Plates may continue to access park facilities by motorized means to engage in outdoor exercise as an essential activity. Please help do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus by maintaining at least six feet of social distance. Updates will be posted to our Current Conditions page and social media channels.
For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit Point Reyes National Seashore's Twitter feed, the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area's Twitter feed, the Marin County Department of Public Works' Twitter feed, the Marin Sheriff Department's Twitter feed, the Marin Fire Department's Twitter feed, the California Highway Patrol: Marin's Twitter feed, or tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.
Area Road Closures
For information on road closures in Marin County and the Bay Area, check the Marin Sheriff Current Emergency Information, the California Department of Transportation's Current Highway Conditions, and CHP Traffic Incident Information (select "Golden Gate" from the "Communication Centers" drop-down menu in the upper left corner, then look for "Marin" in the "Location" and/or "Area" columns) websites.
Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge Closure
As of January 13, 2020, the bridge known as Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge, which runs parallel to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at its intersection with Platform Bridge Road ~ 2 miles east of Olema, is closed to all vehicular traffic 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.
From December 15 to March 31, to better protect elephant seals from disturbance, especially during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable, the park implements closures along beaches near the Point Reyes Headlands. See the Northern Elephant Seals section of the Wildlife Protection Closures below for more details.
All campgrounds within Point Reyes National Seashore are currently closed.
Visitor Center Closures
All Visitor Centers are closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020, to comply with county-wide shelter-in-place legal orders.
All Visitor Centers will be closed on December 25. Visitor Centers usually close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for current days and hours of operations.
Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 26, 2020, after which it will be open on weekends and federal holidays through the duration of the 2020 Winter Shuttle Bus System.
Wildlife Protection Closures
Marine Protected Areas
On May 1, 2010, a number of Marine Protected Areas went into effect within and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore, in part to better protect nesting birds. Per the Marine Life Protection Act (MPLA), the Point Reyes Headlands is closed to all vessels within 305 meters (1000 feet) of shore from Chimney Rock west to Longitude 123° 01.00'. Per the Superintendent's Compendium, from Longitude 123° 01.00' west to the Point Reyes Lighthouse the headlands is closed to all vessels within 91 meters (100 yards) of shore. There are also 91-meter (300-foot) special closures around Point Resistance and Double Point/Stormy Stack, per the MLPA.
Western Snowy Plovers
The western snowy plover is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Disturbance by park visitors, especially those with pets, in plover breeding areas can separate chicks from the adults, and the chicks may then not be able to forage efficiently, thermoregulate properly, and hide from predators.
To protect harbor seals from disturbance during the most crucial part of the pupping season, from March 1 through June 30 the National Park Service has closed the following areas to the public: Drakes Estero, Estero de Limantour, Double Point, and the western end of Limantour Spit. Duck Island and the east side of Hog Island are closed to the public year round.
Northern Elephant Seals
To better protect elephant seals from disturbance, especially during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable, the park implements the following closures:
Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony Year-Round Closure
The Drakes Beach elephant seal colony as delineated by signs at the western-most end of Drakes Beach is closed to all entry due to seal activity at all times of the year. This closure is necessary to protect an established elephant seal colony from disturbance and protect the public. The elephant seal colony is used all year. No management action other than a year-round closure is sufficient.
From December 15 to March 31, the following areas are closed to all entry in order to better protect nursing elephant seal pups:
Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Closures Referenced Above
Last updated: April 8, 2020