Headlands Winter Road Closures

Saturday, December 30, 2017, through late March or mid-April 2018
Weekends And Federal Holidays
9 am to ~5:45 pm

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is CLOSED beyond South Beach Junction to visitor motor traffic. Visitors' vehicles 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, by bicycle, or by foot.

Shuttle Bus Service
$7 per person
Children 15 and under free

 
Map of road closure when winter shuttle is operating. Click on image for a larger map. (840 KB PDF)
Map of road closure when winter shuttle is operating. Click on image for a larger map. (840 KB PDF)

One Way Bus Loop from:
Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach (Stop 1)
To the Lighthouse Parking Lot (Stop 2)
Then to the Chimney Rock Parking Lot (Stop 3)
And back to Drakes Beach

Directions to Point Reyes National Seashore's Bear Valley Visitor Center (near the park's main entrance)

Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach

Park Map (5,125 KB PDF)

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.

2. Lighthouse
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.

3. Chimney Rock
Whales, seals, and wildflowers! Walk about 400 meters (400 yards) to the Elephant Seal Overlook , visit the Historic Lifeboat Station, or take the 2.8 km (1.75 mi) round-trip hike to the end of the Chimney Rock Trail to watch for whales.

NOTICE: Cracks were reported on a portion of the bluff near the Chimney Rock Trail on December 21, 2015. These fissures could indicate the possibility of a weakening cliff face in the area. The land may be unstable and a collapse or erosion could occur. Visitors are reminded to stay on designated trails.

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: A temporary 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 January 18, 2017, through March 15, 2017, due to nursing elephant seal pups in the Fish Dock area.


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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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