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Last updated: Saturday, May 21, 2022
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 March 17, 2022. (Click on this image to download a higher resolution 535 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:

  • 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. (535 KB PDF)
  • Drakes Beach: From Friday, April 29, 2022, until further notice, the southwest end of Drakes Beach is closed starting 0.5 mile (0.8 km) southwest of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing southwest to the permanent year-round closure at the southern end of the beach. (At Drakes Beach, southwest is to the right if one is facing Drakes Bay.) This emergency closure is designed to minimize the possibility of unsafe interactions between humans and elephant seals on Drakes Beach. As of Wednesday, April 27, 2022, more than 800 elephant seals have moved into the area making it difficult for visitors to get around them safely. There is also the risk that people can become trapped by the incoming tide and seals moving around the area. All public use of the beach is prohibited. Visitors are still permitted to walk to the southwest on Drakes Beach for 0.5 mile (0.8 km) from the Drakes Beach parking lot and to the east to Drakes Estero.
    Determination of Temporary Closure - April 29, 2022, until further notice - signed on April 27, 2022 (156 KB PDF)
    Map of Temporary Closure (1,487 KB PDF)
  • Peter Behr Overlook Trail and Peter Behr Overlook at Drakes Beach are closed until further notice.
  • Point Blue Conservation Science's Palomarin Field Station and Nature Trails (previously known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
 

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. (535 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

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 May 21, 2022, Marin County's COVID-19 Community Level is medium, 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.
California Department of Public Health: Current Safety Measures

Please continue to practice physical (aka, social) distancing consistent with CDC guidance inside of visitor centers and shared restrooms.

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.

Equine Distemper at Five Brooks Stables

As of Friday, March 11, 2022, three horses at Five Brooks Stables are infected with Equine Distemper (also called strangles) which is a bacterial infection contagious to other horses. Visitors with horses should avoid contact with horses from the stables and should not ride through the Five Brooks Stables area. More information may be found on our Horse Riding page.

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Wildlife

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 and at Drakes Beach 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 and along Drakes Beach Road. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.

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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.

Closures to Protect Seabird Colony Sites

NOTICE: From March 1 to July 30, Miller Rocks, Stormy Stack, Hog Island, and Duck Island are closed to the public. This closure is necessary to ensure that no damage occurs to nesting burrows of storm petrels and rhinoceros aucklets, both of which are species of concern under California state law. These sites are also well-used by common murres, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and double-crested cormorants, which are easily disturbed during nesting season. Nothing other than a full closure during nesting season would be sufficient to protect the birds.

Closures to Protect Western Snowy Plovers

Annual Weekend Closure of part of the Point Reyes Beach - Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

NOTICE: Point Reyes Beach Closure - May 28 through September 5, 2022 [i.e., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend]
A closure of the beach area between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is in effect on weekends and federal holidays every summer to better ensure the survival of federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and chicks within this area on busy weekends. All public use is prohibited. Reproductive monitoring of western snowy plovers at Point Reyes has previously demonstrated that chick mortality is higher on weekend days than weekdays. Disturbance by park visitors 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. In 2013, for example, of the 11 newly hatched chicks in the proposed closure area, only 3 survived past the July 4 weekend.
Map of Beach Closure (322 KB PDF)

Annual Pet Restrictions on Point Reyes Beach - March 1 through September 30

NOTICE: From March 1 through September 30, pets are not allowed on the Point Reyes Beach from the north end of the North Beach parking lot north to the intersection of Kehoe Beach Trail at Kehoe Beach to better protect the threatened western snowy plover during its nesting season.

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.

NOTICE: Drakes Beach Temporary Closures
Temporary closures are in effect due to the presence of elephant seals hauled out at the base of the Peter Behr Overlook Trail and elsewhere along Drakes Beach. To better protect elephant seals from disturbance:

  • From Friday, April 29, 2022, until further notice, the southwest end of Drakes Beach is closed starting 0.5 mile (0.8 km) southwest of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing southwest to the permanent year-round closure at the southern end of the beach.
  • The Peter Behr Overlook and trail are closed to all entry until further notice.

Where to See Elephant Seals

The Elephant Seal Overlook at Chimney Rock is open.

Drakes Beach is open. Access may change based upon elephant seal activity.

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.)

 
 

Visitor Services

Visitor Centers

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are usually open throughout the year.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is open on weekends and federal holidays until further notice.

Visit our Visitor Centers page to learn what hours these visitor centers are 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. 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.

Visit PRNSA's Park Store 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: May 21, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956

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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; fire danger information; 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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