Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
An entrance pass is not required to access Point Reyes National Seashore.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
No entrance fee is charged at Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes National Seashore charges no fees for parking at visitor centers, beaches, or trailheads or for day-use activities, such as hiking, wildlife viewing, bicycle riding, kayaking, horse riding, fishing, attending ranger-led programs, visiting the Point Reyes Lighthouse, picnicking (25 persons or fewer), etc. The only fees are for overnight camping and for special use permits, such as for weddings, sporting events, picnics in the reservable Bear Valley Group Picnic Area, and picnics with more than 25 persons.
Camping fees as of January 1, 2022
All changes, cancellations, and potential refunds for camping reservations are managed through Recreation.gov, not at Point Reyes National Seashore visitor centers.
See our Backcountry Camping page for more information.
Special Use Permit Fees
Point Reyes National Seashore requires permits to be obtained through the Special Park Uses office for the following activities:
Depending on the type of permit, different fees may be required.
See our Permits & Reservations page for more information.
Your Fee Dollars At Work
The National Park Service collects Recreation Fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA - Title VII, Pub. L. 108-447). Recreation Fees provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and services for park visitors. That means that the money you pay for camping is being put to use at Point Reyes National Seashore to make the park—and your visit—better. Please visit our Your Fee Dollars At Work page for a list of some of the projects your contributions have made possible.
The National Park Service is an important participant in the Interagency Pass Program, which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The following three passes are not available at Point Reyes National Seashore, but may be available at other federal recreation sites' entrance stations and/or visitor centers and are available online and/or through the mail by submitting a paper application form which may be downloaded from the USGS Store.
Interagency Passes May Be Available at Other Bay Area Sites
As of April 2023, other federal recreation sites in the San Francisco Bay area that may have the Interagency Passes available include:
Golden Age and Access Passports
All Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.
Golden Age Passport
Golden Access Passport
Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Hologram
Last updated: January 26, 2024