Saturday, December 29, 2018, through late March or mid-April 2019
Weekends And Federal Holidays
9 am to ~5:45 pm
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will be CLOSED beyond South Beach Junction to visitor vehicle traffic including bicycles. Visitors' vehicles including bicycles are NOT permitted in the closed area between 9 am to approximately 5:45 pm when the shuttles are operating. Access to the Point Reyes Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the closure is only available by shuttle bus or by foot.
1. Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach
Visitors may purchase tickets in the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center after 9:30 am. Buses depart every 15 to 20 minutes. Tickets are usually sold until 3 pm and the last bus taking visitors from Drakes Beach to the headlands departs at 3:30 pm. NOTE: Ticket sales may end before 3 pm on days when visitation levels are high and all of the tickets for the 3:30 pm bus are sold before 3 pm. Dress warmly and be sure you have everything you need for the next few hours. No food is available after this point. There is a water fountain available near the Lighthouse Visitor Center, and restrooms are located at the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock shuttle stops, and 100 meters (100 yards) east of the Lighthouse Visitor Center.
Disembark the bus and walk 0.7 km (0.45 miles) to the Lighthouse Visitor Center. Just beyond the Visitor Center, you can watch for gray whales from the observation deck, or descend down the ~300 steps to the Lighthouse. Return to the shuttle stop when you are ready to move on, and a bus will come by every 15 to 20 minutes to take you to Chimney Rock. Be sure to return to the Lighthouse shuttle stop by 5 pm, or you may miss the last bus taking visitors back to Chimney Rock and Drakes Beach.
Keep your eyes open for wildflowers. Tidepool areas are closed while elephant seals are present. Return to the shuttle stop when you are ready to go back to Drakes Beach, and a bus will come by every 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to return to the shuttle stop by 5:30 pm, or you may miss the last bus taking visitors back to Drakes Beach. Chimney Rock Area Map (77 KB PDF)
NOTICE: An annual closure of the road leading from the gate at the end of the Chimney Rock Road to the Fish Dock area, including immediately adjacent beaches, is in effect from December 15 through March 31 due to nursing elephant seal pups in the Fish Dock area.
(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.