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

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)

Temporary Prohibition of All Wood and Charcoal Fires - Tuesday, September 22, 2020, until further notice
The current elevated fire danger indices (which are expected to stay high in the coming weeks), combined with a lack of firefighting resources (both locally and nationwide), necessitates a conservative fire prevention strategy. The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group has established that California is in Preparedness Level 5, indicating that agencies need to take emergency measures to sustain incident operations and prevent further incidents. Therefore, until further notice, all of Point Reyes National Seashore—in addition to Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands administered by Point Reyes National Seashore—are closed to all fires, except for self-contained gas stoves. Self-contained gas stoves may be used at open picnic areas, Wildcat Campground, and open beaches.
Determination of Temporary Closure - September 22, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 22, 2020 (112 KB PDF)

Temporary Closure of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drakes Beach Road - Monday, June 22, 2020, until further notice
A temporary closure of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drakes Beach Road is in effect to all visitor use. Chimeny Rock Road is also closed to all visitor use. It is not safe to allow public access in any form on these roads due to construction activity.
Determination of Temporary Closure - June 22, 2020, until further notice - signed on June 22, 2020 (121 KB PDF)
Map indicating the section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is closed until further notice. (1,104 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: December 2, 2020

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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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