Today we are excited to share Pictures of Point Reyes National Seashore and tips for visiting the park.
I have to admit that we made the mistake of trying to visit the park on a holiday weekend that was gorgeous and sunny. The park was packed! The ranger staff told us that they had not seen a crowd like the one we encountered in their entire career.
Our first tip is to make sure you have a full tank of gas, snacks and water in your car just in case you run into traffic. There were times we were sitting waiting to move a few feet. Thankfully the drive along Stinson Beach is absolutely gorgeous.
Once you are in Point Reyes there are not a lot of places to grab a bite to eat. There is a small store in Inverness that has a bit of everything and there is a Czech Restaurant with a very meat heavy menu.
Point Reyes is a pretty large park to explore. There is a great visitor center the Bear Valley Visitor Center which is a must visit. They have a ton of information on the park, displays on what you can see within the park and you can sign up for the Junior Ranger program here.
Plus there is a nice bathroom and picnic area available for use.
Some of the highlights to visit within the park include
Point Reyes Beach – 11 mile expanse of Pacific shoreline. Be very cautious in this area and be aware of high surf, rip currents and sneaker waves.
Point Reyes Lighthouse – This area is sometimes closed due to high winds and weather. Descend 300 steps to the lighthouse for a fantastic view of Point Reyes Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Drakes Beach – This is a sheltered beach with a visitor center and cafe. There is no lifeguard on duty. Be very careful of undertow and waves.
Abbotts Lagoon – This is a 1.5 mile trail that explores a diverse bird habitat.
Tule Elk Reserve- Tule Elk were reintroduced in this area in 1978 and are coming back strong.
There are 150 miles of trails in Point Reyes to explore. Make sure and stop at a visitor center to see which trails are open and safe to explore. During our visit many of the trails were closed due to high wind and weather.
You can find out more about Point Reyes by visiting the National Park Website.
Point Reyes Bear Valley Visitor Center is located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, Ca
The phone number is 415-464-5100