Last updated: January 27, 2023
Temporary facilities closures are in effect until further notice
The following areas, buildings, areas, trails, and roads are closed until further notice:
Due to downed trees, flooding, and other storm damage, many park and area roads are closed to all access (i.e., pedestrian, bicycle, horse, vehicular, etc., except for emergency access) until further notice. See the list above.
Additional Sources for Road Conditions
After wind and/or rain storms, many roads to and from and within Point Reyes National Seashore may be blocked due to flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and/or power lines. Reports of closures and re-openings of roads are received too frequently to keep this page up-to-date. For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit:
For more information on road closures in Marin County and the Bay Area, check
Visit our Trail Advisories and Closures page for the latest trail updates.
Notice to Horse Riders: Mount Wittenberg trail is closed to horses until further notice due to damage from the Woodward Fire.
Caution: Many trails in the park are overgrown with grass and annuals. The park's trail crew is working to address the trail conditions as quickly as possible, but please anticipate wading through vegetation as you hike, and check yourself for ticks during and after your hike.
Warning: Hazardous conditions near the north end of the Tomales Point Trail. In January 2017, part of the bluff at the north end of Tomales Point collapsed. The bluff top may be unstable & another collapse could occur. Please don't attempt to reach the northern end of Tomales Point by going off-trail to the east of the collapse. More...
Warning: Fissures reported near the Chimney Rock Trail. Cracks were reported on a portion of the bluff near the Chimney Rock Trail on December 21, 2015. These fissures could indicate the possibility of a weakening cliff face in the area. The land may be unstable and a collapse or erosion could occur. Visitors are reminded to stay on designated trails. More...
Warning: The Arch Rock trail has been closed until further notice. New hazardous conditions on Arch Rock were reported to the park on Thursday, March 19, 2015. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, a portion of the land at the Arch Rock overlook collapsed into the waters 70 feet below. More...
Health and Safety Warnings/Advisories
The NPS has updated its masking guidance based on the CDC's COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Masking requirements will vary by park based on local conditions, however masks are still required on all forms of enclosed public transportation. Updates will be posted on individual park websites and in parks to help you plan your visit. In areas that the CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, and you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
At Point Reyes
As of January 26, 2023, Marin County's COVID-19 Community Level is low, so mask wearing is optional at Point Reyes National Seashore. While masks are no longer required indoors in California, with a few exceptions, they are still strongly recommended to be worn in indoors public settings, such as within visitor centers and shared restrooms, to keep from spreading the virus to those with no defense, like the immune-compromised and children under 5.
Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance inside of visitor centers and shared restrooms. Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Visit our Recreate Responsibly page for guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes and other park lands during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In winter, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Some elephant seal females are giving birth and nursing their pups, while those that gave birth over a month ago are weaning their pups. Bull elephant seals are battling for dominance of beaches near Chimney Rock.
Gray whales are migrating past the point on their way from the Bering and Chukchi seas to their calf-rearing lagoons of Baja California. By mid-February, males and newly pregnant female gray whales start heading back north.
Tule elk can be seen year-round on Tomales Point.
Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
Closures to Protect Elephant Seals
NOTICE: Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony - year-round
NOTICE: The following areas are closed to all entry in order to better protect nursing elephant seal pups:
From December 15 to March 31:
NOTICE: Drakes Beach Temporary Closures
Where to See Elephant Seals
Drakes Beach is open on a limited basis. Access may change based upon elephant seal activity and staff and/or docent availability.
Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Elephant Seal-related Closures Referenced Above
(Scroll past the first image in the StoryMap below and click on the "Beach Closures" header. Or scroll almost all the way through the Story Map to the "Beach Closures" section.)
Storm-related Closures - Updated January 9, 2023
See above for current notices about visitor center hours of operations.
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is open on weekends and federal holidays as staffing allows.
Visit our Visitor Centers page to learn what hours these visitor centers are open.
Visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during Ranger's Choice Programs. Consult our Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered.
Stop by one of the three bookstores within the national seashore, all of which are operated by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA). They offer many educational and convenience items, including books, maps, snacks, and, at Drakes Beach, coffee.
Visit PRNSA's Park Store page for specific hours.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
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Last updated: January 27, 2023