Laws & Policies

On this page, you will find the legislation establishing Point Reyes National Seashore and designating Wilderness within the National Seashore, along with documents detailing the Rules and Regulations for the National Seashore. Check out our Park Regulations page in the Plan Your Visit section for an overview of the rules that apply to most visitor activities.

 
 
 

Current Temporary Closures

Drakes Beach Road Closure - January 19, 2021, until further notice
A temporary closure of Drakes Beach Road south of its junction with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is in effect to all visitor use, including pedestrians and bicycles. The road will be closed daily between 5 pm and 9 am, and will remain closed all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This emergency closure is designed to minimize the possibility of human and elephant seal interactions on Drakes Beach. Recent high surf events and extreme high tides have brought approximately one dozen large male seals to the beach, making the beach unsafe. This closure is consistent with the park's Drakes Beach operations plan for winter season 2021.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 19, 2021, until further notice - signed on January 20, 2021 (52 KB PDF)

Drakes Beach Temporary Beach Closure - Thursday, January 14, 2021, until further notice
A temporary closure of Drakes Beach is in effect from the beach area directly in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center to where it reaches the seasonal closure west of the main beach area at the coves edge. This emergency closure is designed to minimize the possibility of human and elephant seal interactions on Drakes Beach. Recent high surf events and extreme high tides have brought approximately one dozen large male seals to the beach, making it unsafe for visitors to walk from the parking lot down to the beach. All public access to the beach is prohibited.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 14, 2021, until further notice - signed on January 13, 2021 (112 KB PDF)

Temporary Closure of Trails within the Woodward Fire Zone - Friday, October 23, 2020, until further notice
All trails north of the Stewart Trail to Limantour Road and west of Shoreline Highway are closed to all access until further notice, except for emergency personnel and residents living within the closed areas. The Woodward Fire is within the closure area. The fire is currently almost 5,000 acres and while it is fully contained, there is active fire within the fire footprint. Many trails and park areas now have hazardous snags and rolling logs and rocks and fire personnel are working to mitigate these hazards. The Stewart Trail is open to Wildcat Campground and Wildcat campground is open. The Point Reyes Horse Camp is open. The Limantour Road is open. The Bear Valley complex (parking areas, restrooms, modified Visitor Center access) is open; however, many of the trails (such as Bear Valley Trail and Woodpecker Trail), the Morgan Horse Ranch and Trail, and Kule Loklo remain closed.
Determination of Temporary Closure - October 23, 2020, until further notice - signed on October 23, 2020 (113 KB PDF)
Map indicating the areas and trails closed until further notice due to the Woodward Fire. (3,615 KB PDF)

Temporary Closure of Palomarin Beach Trail - Thursday, September 24, 2020, until further notice
The Palomarin Beach Trail has been determined to be unsafe due to unstable and failing sections of the trail and is closed to all visitors, employees and residents until further notice.
Determination of Temporary Closure - September 24, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 24, 2020 (27 KB PDF)

Tocaloma or Old Platform Bridge Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice
A temporary closure of the bridge known as Tocaloma or Old Platform Bridge, which runs parallel to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at its intersection with Platform Bridge Road, is in effect to all vehicular traffic due until further notice. The bridge is being closed to vehicular traffic due to structural deficiencies that make the weight of a vehicle unsafe to cross over the bridge.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice - signed on January 13, 2020 (49 KB PDF)


The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.

 

Marine Life Protection Act

Marine Protected Areas are marine or estuarine areas set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. Marine protected areas in the waters adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore went into effect on May 1, 2010. Visit our Marine Life Protection Act page for more information.

 

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Last updated: January 21, 2021

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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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