Services are limited at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Stay Home Orders are in effect for Marin County and much of California
A Stay Home (also known as Shelter-In-Place) Order is in place for Marin County until further notice. Please help do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus by staying close to home; if you do visit Point Reyes, please maintain at least six feet of physical distance from anyone who is not a member of your household. Individuals engaged in outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, running, or bicycling, are not required to wear a face covering, but should carry one with them and must wear a facial covering when interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces if they cannot practice physical distancing.
On November 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel, which includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California.
Marin County is within the Bay Area Region, which also includes the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.
Here are guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes:
Before you come:
When you get here:
Physical Distancing While You Recreate
The health and safety of those who visit and work in national parks continues to be paramount, which is why we need you to be our partner in adopting physical distancing practices. The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases while enjoying the outdoors.
Park rangers remain on duty to protect visitors and resources and uphold normal regulations. When recreating, please practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities. Be prepared for limited access to services.
Be sure to park only in designated areas, pack out everything you bring into a park, plan a visit at times other than busiest of the day, maintain social distance from others, and if you encounter a crowded trailhead or overlook, seek another location to recreate.
We are also encouraging you to find your virtual park! Explore national parks from the comfort of anywhere in the world through online galleries of photos, videos, webcams, podcasts, and sound recordings.
Alternative Text for the A Little Space Goes a Long Way (6 Feet Distancing) Infographic
Infographic with text reading "A Little Space Goes a Long Way. Stay Safe and Recreate Responsibly. Looking for the best place for #socialdistancing? Many park areas remain accessible to provide that distance, but please do it safely and responsibly! What does 6 feet look like?" First example is a cartoon of two picnic tables between two people reading, "Two picnic tables between friends." Second example is a silhouette of antlers reading, "An elk's antlers." Third example is a cartoon of a person on a line reading, "A yoga mat." Fourth example is a cartoon of a person next to a Point Reyes National Seashore entrance sign reading, "A national park sign." Fifth example is a cartoon of two people by park panels reading, "Two information waysides." Sixth example is a silhouette of a coyote reading, "One large coyote."
Recreate Responsibly Video
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.
Generic Recreate Responsibly Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic
As National Park Serivce (NPS) sites make more areas available to the public, the NPS encourages you to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles when you visit.
The NPS conducts thousands of search and rescues servicewide each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm's way. Please follow these Recreate Responsibly tips to safely spend time outside.
Last updated: January 7, 2021