Closures at Point Reyes

Temporary facilities closure is in effect until further notice.

The following areas, buildings, and roads are closed until further notice:

  • The area and all trails south of Limantour Road and Bear Valley Road, west of Bear Valley Access Road and Rift Zone Trail, and north of Stewart Trail are closed to all visitor access until further notice due to the Woodward Fire. The exception to this closure is that visitors are welcome to walk southeast on Limantour Beach. Keep in mind that all areas above the vegetation line from Limantour Beach's southern parking lot to Wildcat Campground are closed to all access until further notice, including Sculptured Beach Trail, Kelham Beach Trail, and Kelham Beach.
  • Coast, Glen, and Sky Campgrounds due to the Woodward Fire.
  • Bear Valley Visitor Center (see note below)
  • Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
  • Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road to the Point Reyes Lighthouse
  • South Beach
  • Point Reyes Lighthouse, Lighthouse Visitor Center, and the surrounding area
  • Chimney Rock and the surrounding area
  • Point Blue Conservation Science's Palomarin Field Station and Nature Trails (previously known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory)

Please note: Rangers will be stationed at the front doors of the Bear Valley Visitor Center daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm to provide visitors information and maps. Please line up along the sloped pathway from near the accessible parking spaces; only one person per family/party/group, please. Please maintain at least six feet of physical distance and wear a mask. The interior of the visitor center is closed until further notice.

More information and details may be found below.

A Risk Reduction Order is in place for Marin County until further notice. Following guidance from the CDC and state and county public health officials, and to comply with county-wide public health legal orders, until further notice:

Updates will be posted to our Current Conditions page and social media channels.

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. 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. Visit our Recreate Responsibly page for guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes and other park lands during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit Point Reyes National Seashore's Twitter feed, the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area's Twitter feed, the Marin County Department of Public Works' Twitter feed, the Marin Sheriff Department's Twitter feed, the Marin Fire Department's Twitter feed, the California Highway Patrol: Marin's Twitter feed, or tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.

 

Area Road Closures

For 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.

Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge Closure

As of January 13, 2020, the bridge known as Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge, which runs parallel to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at its intersection with Platform Bridge Road ~ 2 miles east of Olema, is closed to all vehicular traffic 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.

 

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Beach Closures

From December 15 to March 31, to better protect elephant seals from disturbance, especially during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable, the park implements closures along beaches near the Point Reyes Headlands. See the Northern Elephant Seals section of the Wildlife Protection Closures below for more details.

From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, a closure of the Point Reyes Beach between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is in effect on weekends and federal holidays to better ensure the survival of western snowy plover nests and chicks within this area on busy weekends. All public use is prohibited. Additional restriction on pets at various beaches are in effect between March 1 and September 30. See the Western Snowy Plover section of the Wildlife Protection Closures below for more details.

Campground Closures

Park campgrounds were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, but were reopened on Thursday, July 9, 2020, with some new rules in an effort to keep campers healthy. However, due to the Woodward Fire - August 2020, all campgrounds were closed on August 18, 2020. Coast, Glen, and Sky Campgrounds are still closed until further notice. Campers with reservations for Tomales Bay Boat-in Camping permits were allowed to resume camping beginning on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Campers with permits for Wildcat Campground were allowed to resume camping beginning Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The Bear Valley Trailhead and all trails south of Limantour Road, west of Highway 1, and north of Stewart Trail are closed until further notice. Park at the Palomarin Trailhead to hike to Wildcat Campground or the Five Brooks Trailhead to hike or bike to Wildcat Campground.

Road Closures

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Work

On Monday, April 20, 2020, contractors began work on a major two-year road improvement project in Point Reyes National Seashore. To better ensure the safety of road crew and visitors, time-limited delays and some road and/or area closures are expected through the duration of the project. As of May 17, 2020, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road is closed to motorized traffic. Visit our Road Closures page for more information.

Trail Advisories and Closures

Visitor Center Closures

All Visitor Centers are closed until further notice, to comply with county-wide public health legal orders.

However, rangers will be stationed at the front doors of the Bear Valley Visitor Center daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm to provide visitors information and maps. Please line up along the sloped pathway from near the accessible parking spaces; only one person per family/party/group, please. Please maintain at least six feet of physical distance and wear a mask. The interior of the visitor center is closed until further notice.

All Visitor Centers will be closed on December 25. Visitor Centers usually close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for current days and hours of operations.
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Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 26, 2020, after which it will be open on weekends and federal holidays through the duration of the 2020 Winter Shuttle Bus System.

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Wildlife Protection Closures

Tule Elk

Llamas are prohibited from all areas that are inhabited by tule elk. Map (180 KB PDF)

Marine Protected Areas

On May 1, 2010, a number of Marine Protected Areas went into effect within and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore, in part to better protect nesting birds. Per the Marine Life Protection Act (MPLA), the Point Reyes Headlands is closed to all vessels within 305 meters (1000 feet) of shore from Chimney Rock west to Longitude 123° 01.00'. Per the Superintendent's Compendium, from Longitude 123° 01.00' west to the Point Reyes Lighthouse the headlands is closed to all vessels within 91 meters (100 yards) of shore. There are also 91-meter (300-foot) special closures around Point Resistance and Double Point/Stormy Stack, per the MLPA.

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Northern Elephant Seals

To better protect elephant seals from disturbance, especially during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable, the park implements the following closures:

Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony Year-Round Closure

The Drakes Beach elephant seal colony as delineated by signs at the western-most end of Drakes Beach is closed to all entry due to seal activity at all times of the year. This closure is necessary to protect an established elephant seal colony from disturbance and protect the public. The elephant seal colony is used all year. No management action other than a year-round closure is sufficient.

Seasonal Closures:

From December 15 to March 31, the following areas are closed to all entry in order to better protect nursing elephant seal pups:

  • Drakes Beach: starting at the southern edge of the cove in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing southwest to the current permanent elephant seal closure;
  • the beach from the Chimney Rock Lifeboat Station to Chimney Rock;
  • the road leading from the gate at the end of the Chimney Rock Road to the Fish Dock area, including immediately adjacent beaches. (Map - 301 KB PDF); and
  • the southern end of South Point Reyes Beach (as signed) to the Lighthouse.

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Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Closures Referenced Above

 
 

Western Snowy Plovers

The western snowy plover is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Disturbance by park visitors, especially those with pets, in plover breeding areas can separate chicks from the adults, and the chicks may then not be able to forage efficiently, thermoregulate properly, and hide from predators.

Annual Closures

  • Point Reyes Beach Closure - Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
    A closure of the beach area between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is in effect on weekends and federal holidays from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day to better ensure the survival of plover nests and chicks within this area on busy weekends. All public use is prohibited. Reproductive monitoring of western snowy plovers at Point Reyes has previously demonstrated that chick mortality is higher on weekend days than weekdays. In 2013, for example, of the 11 newly hatched chicks in this area, only 3 survived past the July 4 weekend.
    Map of Beach Closure - the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (322 KB PDF)
  • Annual Pet Restrictions on Point Reyes Beach - March 1 through September 30
    During the nesting season of the threatened western snowy plover (March 1 through September 30), pets are not allowed on the Point Reyes Beach from the north end of the North Beach parking lot to the intersection of Kehoe Beach Trail and Kehoe Beach.

Temporary Closures

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Harbor Seals

To protect harbor seals from disturbance during the most crucial part of the pupping season, from March 1 through June 30 the National Park Service has closed the following areas to the public: Drakes Estero, Estero de Limantour, Double Point, and the western end of Limantour Spit. Duck Island and the east side of Hog Island are closed to the public year round.
Map of Estero closures March 1–June 30 (299 KB PDF)
Map of Seal Protection Closures at the western end of Limantour Spit March 1–June 30 (148 KB PDF)
Map of Hog Island closure (98 KB PDF)

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Last updated: November 18, 2020

Contact the Park

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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