Basic Information

A white-sided, red-roofed, three-story lighthouse and three other white buildings on barren rock.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse as viewed from a boat.

NPS Photo


When planning a family vacation, a weekend get-away, or even just a Sunday drive, it often helps to know what you will encounter along the way and at your destination. This section will assist you in locating basic information for your trip, such as:

If you wish to bring along a pet, be aware that the pet will limit where you can go and the activities in which you may participate.

It's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Park Regulations so that you don't inadvertently break any laws.

Certain activities—such as camping, building a beach fire, holding a special event, or commercial filming/photography—require permits and/or reservations.

Every now and then, closures need to be implemented in order to protect visitors and/or species of plants and animals.

You can also learn where in the surrounding communities you can find a Post Office, a gas station, convenience stores, and outfitters and tours, and obtain other services you may desire.

Visit our Publications page for visitor guides, brochures, resource newsletters, and site bulletins. If you are looking for maps of Point Reyes National Seashore, please visit our Maps page.

Non-native, invasive species threaten endangered animals and plants at Point Reyes National Seashore and are costly to control. Learn how you can help prevent the introduction and spread of non-native species before they become a problem.

  • Two separate couples hiking through a meadow.
    Recreate Responsibly

    Prepare. Check what's open. Stay home if you are sick. Park in designated parking spaces. Stay on trails. Respect wildlife. Leave No Trace.

  • A few visitors at a gray barn-like visitor center surrounded by fenced-pasture and trees.
    Operating Hours & Seasons

    Point Reyes National Seashore is open to visitors every day of the year. Each season in Point Reyes brings a new adventure.

  • A park ranger points to a sign saying this area is closed due to fire danger, a small boy looks on.
    Current Conditions

    Between variable weather, seasonal closures to protect wildlife or emergencies—it's important to check conditions before heading out!

  • A painting of a plant- and animal-filled view from a wooded ridge looking toward the ocean.
    Park Brochure

    Find versions of Point Reyes National Seashore's official park brochure map in PDF, braille, and audio description.

  • A rainbow arcs up and to the left from a beach on the right over the ocean through some clouds.
    Weather & Tides

    What's the typical weather for the season? What's the weather forecast? When are the high and low tides?

  • A man carrying a young child walks a dog on a sandy beach.
    Please respect pet regulations.
    Where Can I Walk My Dog at Point Reyes?

    Pets are welcome on only a few trails and beaches at Point Reyes. Pets must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.

  • Two orange and white barricades with a road closed sign block a road through grasslands.

    Find out what roads, trails, beaches, areas, and/or visitor facilities may be closed during your visit.

  • Six electric vehicles connected to EV charging stations in a tree-lined parking lot.
    Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Do you plan to travel to the Point Reyes in an electric vehicle? Find out where you can charge your EV.

Last updated: February 1, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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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