Operating Hours & Seasons

Temporary facilities closures are in effect until further notice.

Updates will be posted on this page, and to our Current Conditions page and social media channels.

Please help do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Visit our Recreate Responsibly page for guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes and other park lands during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The park is open daily from 6 am to midnight throughout the year.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse area west of the visitors' parking lot is open to the public from 6 am to 10 pm; closed from 10 pm to 6 am.

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:

 

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Current Hours

The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

  • The PRNSA Bookstore is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Masks are required for everyone.
  • Please maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between you and other visitors and park rangers.
 

Lighthouse Visitor Center and the Point Reyes Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the Point Reyes Lighthouse are closed until further notice.

The observation deck at the top of the stairs leading down to the lighthouse is open from 6 am to 10 pm.

The stairs from the observation deck down to the lighthouse are open on weekends and federal holidays from 10 am to 4 pm, as staffing allows.
Please note: If wind speeds exceed 64 km/h (40 mph), the stairs leading down to the lighthouse are closed.

Please visit our Visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse page for more details.

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.

 

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until further notice.

 

PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach

The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is closed until further notice.

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SEASONAL EVENTS

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Bird Migration

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Harbor Seal Pupping

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Peak Flower Blooms

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Tule Elk Rut

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Big Time Festival

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Sand Sculpture Contest

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Last updated: August 18, 2021

Contact the Park

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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