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Park Roads

All Park Roads are currently open, except for:

Beginning Saturday, December 28, 2019, the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard may be closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating.

 

Poor Road Conditions along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

As of October 2019, there are three locations along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of of the Mount Vision Road junction at which the road is reduced to one lane. Stops signs are located at both ends of each site where the eastbound lane has been undermined by the adjacent creek and part of the lane has collapsed. The westernmost location is perpetually flooded with an inch or two of water and may be flooded with several inches of water after rain storms and during very high tides. (See photos below.)

 
(Left photo) A white truck drives through a flood section of road that has been reduced to one-lane wide. (Right photo) Concrete traffic barriers line the sides of a road on which course, cobble-sized rock has been spread to elevate the road surface.
The section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is prone to flooding on March 30, 2019 (left) and on October 21, 2019, after temporary repairs (right).
 

On October 10, 2019, Marin County's Department of Public Works laid down a thick layer of coarse, cobble-sized rocks between Jersey barriers (K-rails) to provide an elevated surface on which vehicles can drive where the water and potholes had been deepest. Now, however, water is pooling at both ends of where the rocks were deposited and potholes may quickly form in these locations. Please observe all stop signs and, in the flooded sections, slow to a few miles per hour and proceed with caution. Drivers who do not slow down risk damaging their vehicles, especially with low clearance.

A long term repair for this location, being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), for the County of Marin is being put out for bid during the fall of 2019. This project will rehabilitate Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between the Pierce Point Road and Chimney Rock Road intersections.

Additional Sources for Road Conditions

After wind and/or rain storms, 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, 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.

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.

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Park Trails

Visit our Trail Advisories and Closures page for the latest trail updates.

Warning: Hazardous conditions near north end of the Tomales Point Trail. In January 2017, part of the bluff at the north end of Tomales Point collapsed. The bluff top may be unstable & another collapse could occur. Please don't attempt to reach the northern end of Tomales Point by going off-trail to the east of the collapse. More...

Warning: Fissures reported near the Chimney Rock Trail. 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. More...

Warning: The Arch Rock trail has been closed until further notice. New hazardous conditions on Arch Rock were reported to the park on Thursday, March 19, 2015. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, a portion of the land at the Arch Rock overlook collapsed into the waters 70 feet below. More...

 

Health and Safety Warnings/Advisories

There are currently no health and safety warnings/advisories for the Point Reyes area in effect.

Annual Seasonal Health and Safety Warnings/Advisories

Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels - May 1 through October 31
Every year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces an annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine is in effect from May 1 until October 31 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death.
CDPH's Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program's Annual Mussel Quarantine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Wildlife

In the late autumn and early winter, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Coho salmon are swimming up area streams to spawn, elephant seals are hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock, and gray whales begin migrating past the point. Many species of birds are wintering at Point Reyes, and, although the tule elk rut season has ended, they can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.

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Closures to Protect Elephant Seals

NOTICE: Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony - year-round
The Drakes Beach elephant seal pupping area 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 closure is sufficient.

Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Elephant Seal-related Closures Referenced Above

 
 

Visitor Services

Visitor Centers

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are usually open throughout the year. Since Operational Changes took effect on May 1, 2013, the Lighthouse Visitor Center is now, for most of the year, only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 28, 2019.
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Ranger Programs

Visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during Ranger's Choice Programs.

Bookstores

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open Saturdays and Sundays, some Fridays, and most federal holidays (except for Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) from 11 am to 4:30 pm; closed Mondays through Thursdays, some Fridays, and on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.

 

Weather & Tides

Before traveling, check weather forecasts and advisories for Point Reyes at our Weather & Tides page or the National Weather Service.

 

Latest News

If you're looking for more information about what is happening at Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our News Releases page, our Facebook page, and/or Twitter feed for the most up-to-date news.

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Last updated: November 30, 2019

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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