Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open daily from sunrise to midnight throughout the year. Overnight camping is available by permit only.

All Visitor Centers are normally open throughout the year, but are closed December 25. Visitor Centers may close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving. Call 415-464-5100 for hours of operation on these holidays.


CHANGES TO HOURS OF OPERATIONS FOR THANKSGIVING 2017:

The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open from 9 am until 2 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs* leading down to the lighthouse will be open from 10 am until 2 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
* Weather permitting. If winds exceed 40 mph, the stairs leading down to the lighthouse will be closed.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017.


Visitor Center hours are as follows:

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Winter Hours from November 1 through February 28:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open on:
Weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Spring, summer, and early fall hours from March 1 through October 31:
The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open on:
Weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm
Weekends and holidays from 9 am to 5 pm

From July 3, 2015, through September 5, 2015, the Bear Valley Visitor Center was open until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays were not offered during the summer of 2016 or 2017. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays of summer 2018 have yet to be determined.

Lighthouse Visitor Center and the Point Reyes Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Visitor Center is only open on:
Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The stairs leading down to the Lighthouse, the exhibits in the lower Lighthouse chamber, and the Equipment Building are only open (weather permitting):
Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The Lighthouse's first gallery (the middle chamber, which contains the Fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism) is only open (as weather & staffing permit):
Fridays through Mondays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse are closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center, the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse, and the Lens Room reopened on Thursdays from June 25, 2015, through September 24, 2015. These facilities were not reopened on Thursdays for the summer of 2016 or 2017. No decision has yet to be made concerning whether these facilities will be reopened on Thursdays for the summer of 2018.

On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is closed until Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Winter hours from Saturday, December 30, 2017, through late March or early April 2018:
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is only open on:
Weekends and federal holidays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on days when the park operates the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
Closed Mondays through Fridays, and on weekends and holidays when the park does NOT operate the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

Call 415-464-5100 x2 x3 x1 the evening prior to or the morning of your visit to learn whether the park will or will not be operating the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

After the end of the Winter Shuttle Bus System in late March or early April, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week. During the summer of 2015, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was open on weekends and Mondays from Saturday, June 27, 2015, through Monday, September 7, 2015, and on weekends from Saturday, September 12, 2015, through Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was closed during the summer of 2016 and 2017. No decision has yet to be made as to whether the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open during the summer of 2018.

PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is currently closed. It is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, December 16, 2017, and will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on weekends and federal holidays (e.g., New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Washington's Birthday) for the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

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Last updated: November 10, 2017

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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