Road Closures

All Park Roads are currently open, except for:

  • Drakes Beach Road - Drakes Beach Road has become unstable and a small section has collapsed. The road is closed at the intersection with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Please plan ahead for limited parking in the lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas. See below for more details.

The western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating.

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, 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.

 

Drakes Beach Road Closure

In late March, National Park Service personnel noticed a depression was forming on Drakes Beach Road over a culvert that served as a cattle underpass for the historic D Ranch. After inspecting the culvert, steel plates were placed over the depression.

 
Four images of Drakes Beach Road before the culvert failed.
Water pooling on Drakes Beach Road in a depression over a culvert that was beginning to fail. A member of the park's road crew inspecting the culvert. Steel plates placed over the failing culvert on March 22, 2017.
 

On the morning of Saturday, April 8, 2017, the culvert failed, resulting the partial collapse of a section of the road. The steel plates that were installed prior to the collapse no longer had sufficient structural support to bear the weight of an automobile and could fail if driven over.

 
Three images illustrating the damage to Drakes Beach Road that resulted when a culvert under the road failed.
While the curb along the western side of the road remained intact, the asphalt road surface underneath the curb and the steel plates and above the culvert collapsed.
 

Park personnel are working to get the road open as soon as it can be safely traveled. A repair plan is in progress, but we do not have a time frame yet. We will keep updating the status of the road as we gain more information. Please stay tuned.

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