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 and 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 this park website and social media channels.
Carry out what you carry in.
Please help us protect public health during the shelter-in-place order. Take your trash home. Leave No Trace.
All parking areas and many park roads are temporarily closed to all motorized access in response to guidance from County of Marin Public Health Department which was issued on March 31, 2020, to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Highway 1 (aka Shoreline Highway), Pierce Point Road north to the elk fence, and the county-maintained section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (which ends at the A Ranch) remain open, but the parking of vehicles along these routes or within the national seashore is prohibited.*
* 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 but only to the minimum extent necessary to engage in Essential Activities as defined in the the County of Marin's March 31, 2020, Shelter in Place Order.
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.
Poor Road Conditions along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
As of October 2019, there are three locations along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of of the Mount Vision Road junction at which the road is reduced to one lane. Stops signs are located at both ends of each site where the eastbound lane has been undermined by the adjacent creek and part of the lane has collapsed. The westernmost location is perpetually flooded with an inch or two of water and may be flooded with several inches of water after rain storms and during very high tides. (See photos below.)
On October 10, 2019, Marin County's Department of Public Works laid down a thick layer of coarse, cobble-sized rocks between Jersey barriers (K-rails) to provide an elevated surface on which vehicles can drive where the water and potholes had been deepest. Now, however, water is pooling at both ends of where the rocks were deposited and potholes may quickly form in these locations. Please observe all stop signs and, in the flooded sections, slow to a few miles per hour and proceed with caution. Drivers who do not slow down risk damaging their vehicles, especially with low clearance.
A long term repair for this location, being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), for the County of Marin is being put out for bid during the fall of 2019. This project will rehabilitate Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between the Pierce Point Road and Chimney Rock Road intersections.
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 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.
Visit our Trail Advisories and Closures page for the latest trail updates.
Warning: Hazardous conditions near 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
There are currently no health and safety warnings/advisories for the Point Reyes area in effect.
Annual Seasonal Health and Safety Warnings/Advisories
Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels - May 1 through October 31
In spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Elephant seal pups are still hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock through April, and adult females return later in spring to molt their skin. Gray whales are migrating past the Point on their way to the Bering and Chukchi seas. Female harbor seals haul out on sandbars and beaches in Drakes Estero, Estero de Limantour, Tomales Bay, and Bolinas Lagoon to give birth and raise their pups. Please note that when seals and other pinnipeds haul out, they are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance, with the pupping and molting seasons being an especially vulnerable time for harbor seals. Please read the "How You Can Help" section on our Harbor Seals page for more information. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes during the spring. Tule elk can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
Closures to Protect Harbor Seals
NOTICE: From March 1 through June 30, an annual recreational closure of Drakes Estero is implemented to protect the harbor seals during their pupping season, a very sensitive time of the year for these pinnipeds. The closure applies to kayak and canoe usage but is applicable to surfers, windsurfers, abalone divers, recreational fishing, and other water sport users around harbor seal colonies in the area. Double Point and the western most point of Limantour Spit are also closed to all human activity during the pupping season. Hog Island in Tomales Bay is closed during this same time period for nesting and roosting sea birds such as double-crested cormorants and brown pelicans.
Closures to Protect Elephant Seals
NOTICE: Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony - year-round
Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Elephant Seal-related Closures Referenced Above
Visitor ServicesFollowing guidance from the CDC and public health officials, and to comply with the county-wide shelter-in-place legal order, all park visitor centers and bookstores are closed and all ranger programs are cancelled for the duration of the shelter-in-place order.
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 Saturday, December 26, 2020, except for on Saturday, August 29, 2020, when it will be open during the 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest.
Visit our Operating Hours and Seasons 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.
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 share the same hours of operations as the visitor centers.
The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open Saturdays and Sundays, some Fridays, and most federal holidays (except for Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) from 11 am to 4:30 pm; closed Mondays through Thursdays, some Fridays, and on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for specific hours.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
Last updated: April 6, 2020