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Multiple Days: 12/31/2016, 01/01/2017, 01/02/2017, 01/07/2017, 01/08/2017, 01/14/2017, 01/15/2017, 01/16/2017, 01/21/2017, 01/22/2017, 01/28/2017, 01/29/2017, 02/04/2017, 02/05/2017, 02/11/2017, 02/12/2017, 02/18/2017, 02/19/2017, 02/20/2017, 02/25/2017, 02/26/2017, 03/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 03/11/2017, 03/12/2017, 03/18/2017, 03/19/2017, 03/25/2017, 03/26/2017 11:00 AM to 4:30 AM
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Main elephant seal colony

Weekends and federal holidays, December 31, 2016, through March 26, 2017, weather permitting. Volunteer docents will be stationed at the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Visitors will be able to view an elephant seal colony through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Ask the volunteer docents about the amazing adaptations and life cycles of northern elephant seals.

The Historic Chimney Rock Lifesaving Station may also be open from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Kids activities, a 10-minute video on elephant seals, and complimentary hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee) will be available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the high volume of traffic out to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the gray whale migration, the park will be operating a shuttle bus system from the Drakes Beach parking lot (usually from New Year's weekend to Easter each year on weekends and holidays-weather permitting). Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from South Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas WILL BE CLOSED during shuttle operating hours.

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11:00 AM to 4:30 AM

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(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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