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Last updated: Thursday, October 7, 2021
While there are some areas, trails, and facilities within Point Reyes National Seashore that are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or hazard trees (see below for more details on current closures), most of the park and almost all of the park's trails are open.


 
A color map indicating the areas and trails in the Bear Valley Area that are closed to visitors due to hazard trees until further notice as of October 6, 2021. (Click on this image to download a higher resolution 526 KB PDF version of this map.)
Map of area and trail closures in the Bear Valley area due to hazard trees.

Temporary facilities closures are in effect until further notice

The following areas, buildings, areas, trails, and roads are closed until further notice:

More information and details may be found below.

 

Status of frequently used visitor facilities and services

  • Restrooms are open.
  • Picnic areas are open.
  • Campgrounds:
  • Visitor Centers:
    • The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open. (Visit our Operating Hours page to learn when the visitor center is open.)
      • Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Park Service (NPS) is requires all visitors, employees, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings, such as visitor centers, and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.
      • Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance in all locations. 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.
    • The Kenneth C. Patrick and Lighthouse visitor centers are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Lighthouse Area:
    • Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Park Service requires all visitors, employees, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings, such as visitor centers, and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as the observation deck and along the paths leading from the parking lot toward the lighthouse, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.
    • Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance in all locations. 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.
    • The Lighthouse Visitor Center is closed.
    • The observation deck at the top of the stairs that lead down to the lighthouse is open daily from 6 am to ~9:45 pm.
    • The stairs that lead from the observation deck to the lighthouse are currently open Saturdays and Sundays from ~10 am to 4 pm, as staffing allows. Please note: If wind speeds exceed 64 km/h (40 mph), the stairs leading down to the lighthouse are closed.
    • The lighthouse (e.g., the tower) is closed.
  • Beach fire permits are being issued from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. (Visit our Operating Hours page to learn when the visitor center is open.)
  • Most ranger-led programs and volunteer activities are cancelled until further notice. Consult our Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered.

If you do decide to visit Point Reyes

Please practice caution in deciding when to leave your home and for what purpose. The virus is present in our community, and even people without symptoms can have COVID-19 and give it to others. We can all help protect the people we live, work, and interact with so they don't get the virus. If you are feeling sick, please stay home. When coming to the park:

Visit our Recreate Responsibly page for guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes and other park lands during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. Updates will be posted to this park website and social media channels. For more information, please see Marin County's current public health orders and Frequently Asked Questions and California's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.

Carry out what you carry in.

Please help us protect public health by taking your trash home. Leave No Trace.


 

Park Roads

All Park Roads are currently open.

 

Bridge Closure

The Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge is closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge is the old concrete bridge paralleling Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near its junction with Platform Bridge Road ~two miles east of Olema. 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.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice - signed on January 13, 2020 (49 KB PDF)

 

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 Point Reyes National Seashore's Twitter feed, the County of Marin's Public Emergency Portal, 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.

For more 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.

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Park Trails

Visit our Trail Advisories and Closures page for the latest trail updates.

Notice: Kule Loklo and the trails leading to Kule Loklo are closed due to hazard trees. Download a map of the Bear Valley area indicating the area and trails around Kule Loklo that are closed due to hazard trees. (526 KB PDF)

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

COVID-19 Pandemic

Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Park Service requires visitors, employees, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings, such as visitor centers, and on public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance in less crowded locations. 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.

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Wildlife

In autumn, tule elk continue rutting (mating activity) through October. Tule elk may be viewed on Tomales Point and near Limantour and Drakes Beaches. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes on their way south. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.

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Closures to Protect Elephant Seals

NOTICE: Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony - year-round
The Drakes Beach elephant seal pupping area 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 closure is sufficient.

Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Elephant Seal-related Closures Referenced Above

 
 

Visitor Services

Masks are required for everyone in visitor centers and other Federal buildings and in outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Park Service (NPS) requires visitors, employees, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings, such as visitor centers, and on public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance in less crowded locations. 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.

Visitor Centers

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are usually open throughout the year. However, the Lighthouse Visitor Center is closed until further notice.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now, for most of the year, only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until further notice.

Visit our Operating Hours and Seasons to learn what hours these visitor centers are normally open.

Ranger Programs

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. However, most ranger-led programs and volunteer activities are cancelled until further notice. Consult our Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered.

Bookstores

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.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and Lighthouse Visitor Center bookstores usually share the same hours of operations as the visitor centers.

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is closed until further notice.

Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for specific hours.

Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.

 

Weather & Tides

Before traveling, check weather forecasts and advisories for Point Reyes at our Weather & Tides page or the National Weather Service.

 

Latest News

If you're looking for more information about what is happening at Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our News Releases page, our Facebook page, and/or Twitter feed for the most up-to-date news.

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Last updated: October 24, 2021

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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