The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for the Coastal North Bay, including Point Reyes National Seashore. Dangerous, life threatening waves will impact the shoreline. Visitors are advised to remain off & well away from the shoreline.
The NPS has begun a large restoration project on the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse. The area west of the lighthouse visitors' parking lot is currently closed to all public access 7 days a week. Visitors found in the closed area are subject to citation.
The National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for coastal waters between Point Arena and Point Reyes, including Tomales Bay. Winds of 21 to 33 knots and/or steep waves are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft.
The National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for coastal waters between Point Reyes and Pigeon Point. Winds of 21 to 33 knots and/or steep waves are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft.
During 2015, Arch Rock collapsed and cracks were reported along the top of a bluff along Chimney Rock Trail. In 2017, part of the bluff at Tomales Point collapsed. Bluff tops may be unstable and additional collapses may occur. Stay on designated trails.
When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor fire pit. All previously issued Beach Fire Permits are null and void.
All park Visitor Centers will be closed and no ranger-led programs will be offered on Monday, December 25, 2018. Park roads, trails, and beaches are otherwise open on December 25. If you have made a reservation for backcountry camping that begins on December 25, call 415-464-5100 x2 x5 to find out what you will need to do to pick up your camping permit.
All Park Roads are currently open.
Beginning Saturday, December 29, 2018, the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will be is closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating. Due to the Lighthouse Restoration Project, the shuttle bus will not be stopping in the lighthouse area for the majority of the 2018–2019 shuttle bus season.
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 , the , the , the , the , the , 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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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
Every year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces an annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine is in effect from May 1 until October 31 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death.
CDPH's Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program's Annual Mussel Quarantine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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In autumn, tule elk continue rutting (mating activity) through October. Tule elk may be viewed on Tomales Point and near Limantour and Drakes Beaches. On weekends through October, tule elk docents are stationed at Tomales Point to help visitors learn more about the tule elk and get a better view of the elk through binoculars. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes on their way south. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are usually open throughout the year. Since Operational Changes took effect on May 1, 2013, the Lighthouse Visitor Center is now, for most of the year, only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Lighthouse Restoration Project Began on Monday, August 6, 2018
On Monday, August 6, 2018, Point Reyes National Seashore began a large restoration project on the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse. This website's 2018 Lighthouse Restoration blog and our social media platforms on Facebook, , and Instagram will keep you up-to-date, so bookmark these and check back in the near future. There will be times when the lighthouse area will be closed to all foot traffic, such as from August 6, 2018, through Sunday, March 31, 2019, and we apologize for that in advance. The necessary improvements will make your future experience even better.
Map of the temporary closure in the Point Reyes Lighthouse Area - Monday, August 6, 2018, through Sunday, March 31, 2018 (315 KB PDF)
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through December 23, 2018.
Beginning Saturday, December 29, 2018, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open weekends and federal holidays (and Monday, December 31, 2018), through the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
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.
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.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
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 feed for the most up-to-date news.
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