The park is open daily from 6 am to midnight throughout the year. Overnight camping is available by permit only.
All Visitor Centers are normally open throughout the year, but are closed December 25. Visitor Centers may close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving. Call 415-464-5100 for hours of operation on these holidays.
Visitor Center hours are as follows:
Winter Hours from November 1 through February 28:
Spring, summer, and early fall hours from March 1 through October 31:
Extended Summer Hours
From July 3, 2015, through September 5, 2015, the Bear Valley Visitor Center was open until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays were not offered during the summers of 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019. Extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays of summer 2020 have yet to be determined.
The Lighthouse Visitor Center, the stairs leading down to the lighthouse, and the equipment building are only open:
The Lighthouse's first gallery (the middle chamber, which contains the clockwork mechanism and from which visitors can closely view the Fresnel lens) is only open (as weather & staffing permit):
The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the lighthouse are closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Winter hours from Saturday, December 28, 2019, through late March or early April 2020:
Call 415-464-5100 x2 x3 x1 the evening prior to or the morning of your visit to learn whether the park will or will not be operating the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
After the end of the Winter Shuttle Bus System, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will likely be closed seven days a week. During the summer of 2015, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was open on weekends and Mondays from Saturday, June 27, 2015, through Monday, September 7, 2015, and on weekends from Saturday, September 12, 2015, through Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was closed during the summer of 2016, 2017, and 2018. Due to the Lighthouse Visitor Center being closed in late 2018 and most of 2019 due to the Lighthouse Restoration Project, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center was open on weekends and federal holidays from August 2018 through October 2019. No decision has yet to be made as to whether the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open during the summer of 2020.
PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach
The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and most federal holidays (except Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)
Last updated: December 1, 2019