What's Open in Point Reyes National Seashore This Winter
At this time of year, we usually update our article on winter whale and wildlife watching at Point Reyes National Seashore. This year, however, things are far from normal and many parts of the park are closed to the public due to the Woodward Fire, COVID-19, and road construction.
Since Point Reyes National Seashore is a favorite destination for many families, we've put together a guide to what is and isn't currently open to the public in the park. This information is correct as of the date of publishing (January 2, 2021), but things can change without notice, so make sure you check the park's website at www.nps.gov/pore for updates before you go.
What's Currently Closed in Point Reyes National Seashore
The following areas are currently closed. Check the Point Reyes National Seashore website for more information and road closure maps. Additionally, there are ongoing road construction projects in the park, so expect delays in some areas.
- Due to construction, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of the Drakes Beach turnoff is closed to all traffic — vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian — until further notice. This means attractions like the Point Reyes Lighthouse and Chimney Rock, and South Beach are inaccessible.
- All visitor centers and bookstores, including the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, and the Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center are closed due to COVID-19.
- The area west of Highway 1 and Bear Valley Road south of Limantour Road and north of Steward Trail/Five Brooks is closed to visitors. This includes the Bear Valley Trail, Kule Loklo, and the Morgan Horse Ranch.
- The Bull Point Trailhead parking lot is closed.
- Campgrounds are closed and all camping is prohibited.
- Beach fires are prohibited and no permits are currently being issued. Charcoal fires at picnic areas are also prohibited.
- All ranger- and volunteer-led activites and events are on hold.
What's Currently Open in Point Reyes National Seashore
Fortunately, many parts of the park are currently open to the public during the current stay-at-home order, so the park is still a worthwhile day trip destination for family outdoor recreation.
- Most picnic areas, including the Bear Valley Picnic Area, are open, with COVID-19 guidelines in place. Most public restrooms are open, too.
- The Earthquake Trail at Bear Valley is open. It's a great outdoor experience for families with young children.
- Most popular beaches, including Drakes Beach, North Beach, Abbott's Lagoon, McClure's Beach and most of Limantour Beach, are open.
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