Plan Your Visit

 

Point Reyes National Seashore was established to preserve and protect wilderness, natural ecosystems, and cultural resources along the diminishing undeveloped coastline of the western United States.

Located just an hour's drive from a densely populated metropolitan area, the Seashore is a sanctuary for myriad plant and animal species and for the human spirit—for discovery, inspiration, solitude, and recreation—and exists as a reminder of the human connection to the land.

Whether you are a frequent visitor to the Seashore or planning your first visit to the park, we hope the information provided here will answer questions you may have.

Please, Leave No Trace. Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Learn how to enjoy your park while leaving it in as good as, if not better, condition as you found it.

The National Park Service is committed to making facilities, programs, services, and employment accessible for visitors and employees with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility for visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore.

And if you ever find yourself in the Republic of Georgia, stop by Kolkheti National Park. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, Point Reyes National Seashore's sister park protects an interesting variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna.

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A man on the edge of a cliff looks out to big rolling waves on the ocean.

Top 10 Tips for Visiting Point Reyes

Park rangers share their top 10 insider tips for visiting Point Reyes this summer.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center. A gray, barn-like structure surrounded by oak and Douglas fir trees.

Trip Planning Guide

Know Before You Go! Use this guide to help plan for your trip and avoid common mistakes. Make your fun adventure a safe one too!

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The NPS App

The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide.

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Visiting the Park During COVID-19

NPS encourages people choosing to visit the park during the COVID-19 pandemic to adhere to CDC, CA, & Marin Cty Public Health Dept guidance.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse and associated buildings at the base of 313 stairs.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse.

At the westernmost end of the Point Reyes Headlands, the Lighthouse served mariners for 105 years & is now preserved for future generations.

Two people walking two dogs on a beach with low bluffs in the background on a sunny but hazy day.

Pets at Point Reyes

Pets are welcome on only a few trails and beaches at Point Reyes. Pets must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.

A camper setting up his tent.

Hike-in and Boat-in Backcountry Camping

Point Reyes National Seashore offers year-round camping. Permits must be obtained before starting a trip.

Two couples hiking through a meadow near the Bear Valley Trailhead.

Hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore

The National Seashore has about 150 miles (240 kilometers) of hiking trails to explore. Learn how to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable.

Alamere Falls descending onto Wildcat Beach with the craggy Double Point in the background.

Alamere Falls

A 13-mile minimum round-trip hike is required to safely visit this coastal waterfall. Please respect the Wilderness and Leave No Trace.

Wind-blown cypress trees lining a road leading to an art deco-style building.

The Historic KPH Station and Tree Tunnel

The Historic KPH Maritime Radio Receiving Station and the Cypress Tree Tunnel may be visited on one's way to the Lighthouse or Drakes Beach.

Two kayakers wearing purple PFDs paddling a yellow kayak on a calm bay.

Kayaking at Point Reyes

The most popular area for kayaking in the Point Reyes area is Tomales Bay. Learn how to prepare for your trip and make it a safe experience.

A bull tule elk flanked by two female elk.

Viewing Tule Elk

Tule elk can be found at several locations within the park, but the best chance of seeing them is at the Tule Elk Preserve at Tomales Point.

 

Make your fun adventure a safe one too!

No one plans on getting hurt while out exploring in a national park. However, nature is unpredictable, structures are historical, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail. Planning ahead can be the key to a fun and safe adventure. Remember, safety starts with you!

Use the NPS Trip Planning Guide and Checklist to help plan your trip. The guide provides key safety considerations to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when visiting national parks. The guide is divided into the four phases of your trip. Additional articles are there to help you with selecting the Ten Essentials, preparing your Trip Plan, and Emergency Planning. Don't miss out on these important tips to help prepare you for an emergency!

 
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Winter and spring is an incredible time to visit Point Reyes National Seashore. Follow these guidelines for a safe visit.

Recreate Responsibly at Point Reyes NS

 

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Ranger Fiona: Welcome back to Point Reyes National Seashore. We are so excited to have you return to our trails and beaches. But before you go, here are some tips to help you recreate responsibly.

Ranger Carlo: Check what's open. Park conditions may change. Visit our web site at nps.gov/pore for the most up-to-date information.

Ranger Bonnie: Stay close to home. This isn't the time to travel long distances to recreate. Let's go, Honcho.

Ranger Fiona: If your chosen destination is crowded, go elsewhere or come back on a weekday when it's less busy.

Intern Ruby: Be prepared. Facilities may be closed or limited as we increase access to the park.

Ranger Carlo: Bring your own food, water, hand sanitizer, and face covering. And please, fill up your gas tank in your own community.

Ranger Bonnie: When you get here, practice physical distancing. Stay six feet from anyone who doesn't live with you, and be prepared to cover your nose and mouthand give others space.

Intern Ruby: Leave no trace. Always pack out what you pack in, including gloves and masks.

Ranger Matt: If you're feeling sick, stay home, and save your adventure for another day.

Ranger Fiona: Help us remain open by doing your part to recreate responsibly. We look forward to seeing you soon.

All staff: Safe parks remain open parks!

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A short video welcoming visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore with some tips on how to recreate responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recreate Responsibly at Point Reyes NS

Last updated: October 16, 2021

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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