Enjoying Point Reyes with Your Pet
Leashed pets are welcome at Point Reyes on sections of specific beaches and trails and in a few areas. Visiting a National Park with a pet poses unique challenges. Please take a moment to review these guidelines to keep your pet, visitors, and wildlife safe. Pet owners are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. Those not adhering to the regulations will be cited.
Locations Where Pets are Permitted
Pets are allowed in parking lots, along public roads, and along with the trails and beaches described below. All other trails, beaches, and off-trail lands within Point Reyes National Seashore and the Northern District of Golden Gate National Recreation Area are closed to the possession of pets. Always keep your pets on a leash.
Warning: Many of these trails pass through cattle pasture.
Within Point Reyes National Seashore
Pets are permitted on:
All other trails within Point Reyes National Seashore are closed to pets.
Within the Northern District of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Pets are permitted on:
Pets are allowed on the following ocean-facing beaches throughout the year:
Tomales Bay Beaches
Pets are permitted on boats in Tomales Bay and on National Seashore beaches on the west side of Tomales Bay from the northern boundary of Tomales Bay State Park to Elk Fence South Beach. These beaches include:
Please note: the only way to access the Tomales Bay beaches listed above if you are accompanied by a pet is by boat. Pets are not permitted on the Marshall Beach Trail.
Pets are not permitted on:
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Collect and dispose of all animal waste in a proper waste receptacles. Pet waste can pass diseases to park wildlife. Water sources may be impacted by pet feces.
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet (1.8 meters) at all times. Leashes protect your pets and wildlife. Wildlife can harm your pets, and off-leash dogs have injured and killed wildlife.
Pets can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from their nesting, feeding, and resting sites. Please keep your distance from any birds roosting on beaches.
Listed above are the beaches and trails where pets are welcome.
Never leave a pet unattended in the car.
Working service dogs may accompany their owners to all park locations and programs. If you have a service dog, please inquire at a park visitor center for information before setting out.
Please note: Only dogs are classified as service animals, and they must perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability. Emotional support or comfort animals are not service animals.
If you bring a dog, or any other pet, to the park, please observe the following regulations:
Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 Chapter 1 Section 2.15 provides more details concerning pets within National Park Service sites.)
Dogs and other pets are wonderful animals that give comfort and companionship. However, a national park is not the best place for them.
Bolinas Ridge Trail, Jewell Trail, McCurdy Trail, and Randall Trail within Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the trails and roads within the Niman Ranch/Commonweal area pass through cattle pasture. Cattle can feel threatened by dogs, which they may perceive to be a predator. Mother cows may become aggressive when trying to protect their young. Please read Understanding Working Rangelands: Sharing Open Space: What to Expect from Grazing Livestock (1,314 KB PDF) to better understand basic cattle behavior and to give yourself a better chance to predict how cattle are likely to react to your dog's presence. This will help make your hike along these trails safer and more enjoyable.
Last updated: December 1, 2022