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.


General Agreements

On Monday, August 9, 2021, a General Agreement for a Government-to-Government Partnership (235 KB PDF) was signed between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Interior Regions 8, 9, 10, and 12, which specifically includes the Point Reyes National Seashore and those sections of Marin County which are administrated by the Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Management efforts will focus on designations of Native American Traditional Cultural Properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and ensure Tribal views and traditional ecological knowledge are part of the management of tule elk and the ranching lands in Point Reyes National Seashore.


Current Administrative Orders

There are no administrative orders currently in effect.

Visit our Administrative Orders Archive for information about Point Reyes National Seashore administrative orders that have been rescinded and/or are no longer in effect.


Current Temporary Closures

Temporary Dog Closure on the Point Reyes Beach - Friday, June 7, 2024, through Monday, September 2, 2024
A temporary closure of the Point Reyes Beach from the south end of the North Beach parking lot to 0.25 miles north of the South Beach parking lot is in effect to pets and visitors with pets to facilitate the survival of multiple federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and hatchlings in this pet closure area.
Determination of Temporary Closure - June 7, 2024, through September 2, 2024 - signed on June 7, 2024 (147 KB PDF)
Map of the temporary closure to pets on the Point Reyes Beach - June 7, 2024, through September 2, 2024 (2,619 KB PDF)

Mount Wittenberg Trail Temporary Closure to Equestrians - March 15, 2022, until further notice
A temporary closure of Mount Wittenberg Trail to all equestrians is in effect until further notice. This closure is due to a failed retaining wall that was damaged during the Woodward Fire and needs repair. It is necessary to keep equestrians off the trail because the weight of stock will cause further damage to the area of the failed structure.
Determination of Temporary Closure - March 15, 2022, until further notice - signed on March 15, 2022 (112 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: June 15, 2024

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


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 (e.g., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; 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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