Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Open: Year round.
Closed: December 25.

Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (415) 464-5100

The park's primary Visitor Center provides an orientation of the park's roads, trails, and human and natural history. The Bear Valley Visitor Center was designed to blend in with the historically significant ranching culture of this area and is located in the heart of the Olema Valley. The interior exhibit space provides a glimpse of the diverse ecosystems and cultural heritage of the park and includes a seismograph, touch table, auditorium, and book sales area. Audio-visual programs, shown in the auditorium, are available upon request. Natural history books, cards and posters are for sale in the bookstore. Reservations and permits for backcountry camping, as well as beach fire permits, may be obtained here. Allow at least 45 minutes to view exhibits and to watch an audio-visual program.

Additional information:

* Good rainy day activity.
* Handicap accessible.
* Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center or in the trailhead parking lot 24 hours a day.
* A picnic area with barbecue grills is located across the driveway.
* Many trailheads are located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center.


Directions from Highway 1: At Olema turn into the park entrance on Bear Valley Road. The Bear Valley Visitor Center is approximately a one minute drive from the park entrance. Turn left into the visitor center parking area.