Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Visitor Services

Visitor Centers

Bear Valley Visitor Center
Open: Year round.
Closed: December 25.
Hours:
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 8 a.m. - 5 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.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center is located 0.8 kilometer (0.5 mile) west of Olema, CA along Bear Valley Road.

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.

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
Open year round, weekends and holidays.
Closed Monday through Friday.
Closed December 25.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (415) 669-1250

Located at beautiful Drakes Beach, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center contains exhibits that focus on 16th century maritime exploration, marine fossils and marine environments. A minke whale skeleton is suspended from the ceiling. Natural history books, cards and posters are for sale in the bookstore. Allow 20-30 minutes to view exhibits.

Special Event: Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, Labor Day Sunday.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is 30 minutes from Bear Valley on Drakes Beach off of Sir Frances Drake Blvd.

Additional information:

  • Good rainy day activity.
  • Handicap accessible.
  • Restrooms and outdoor shower are available 24 hours a day.
  • A pay phone is available outside the Visitor Center.
  • There are picnic tables and barbecue grills nearby.
  • Drakes Beach Cafe is located next to Visitor Center.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse
Open year round, Thursday through Monday.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Closed December 25.
The stairs to the lighthouse are closed when winds exceed 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (415) 669-1534

The Lighthouse Visitor Center offers exhibits on the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, as well as on whales, seals and sea lions, wildflowers, birds and maritime history.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center is located 45 minutes west of Bear Valley on the Point Reyes Headlands, at the end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. There is a 650 meter (0.4 mile) walk (mostly uphill) from the parking lot to the Lighthouse Visitor Center.

Allow at least 2 hours round trip for travel to and from the Lighthouse from the Bear Valley area and another hour to tour the Visitor Center and Lighthouse.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse itself is another 150 meters (0.1 miles) beyond the Visior Center at the base of some 300 steps - the equivalent of 30 stories. The lens room, which houses the original clockworks and first-order Fresnel lens that were manufactured in 1867 and installed in 1870, is open from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays as staffing and weather conditions permit. The lower chamber of the historic lighthouse has exhibit panels on the history of the light and the keepers. The equipment building next to the lighthouse exhibits the two 1947 super typhon foghorns, the air compressors, and a backup power generator that were used at Point Reyes.

Special Event: Evening programs illuminating the historic light occur on the first and third Saturday of the month, April through December. There is no fee, but reservations are required. Please call (415) 669-1534 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on the day of the program to reserve a spot.

Additional information:

  • Visitors will likely experience high winds, cool temperatures, fog and/or rain along the 800 meter (0.5 mile) walk to the Lighthouse, so dress appropriately.
  • Please take your time walking from the parking lot to the Visitor Center and climbing the stairs.
  • Restrooms are available 24 hours a day.
  • A pay phone is available outside the Visitor Center.

 

Post Office

There are no post offices or mail drops within Point Reyes National Seashore. However, there are post offices in the surrounding communities.

  • Bolinas 94924 Phone number: 415-868-1314
  • Inverness 94937 Phone number: 415-669-1675
  • Marshall 94940 Phone number: 415-663-8388
  • Olema 94950 Phone number: 415-663-1761
  • Point Reyes Station 95956 Phone number: 415-663-1305

Miscellaneous Services

Bank/ATM
Bank of Petaluma, Pt. Reyes Station, 415-663-1713
ATM at the Inverness Store, 415-669-1041
ATM in the Olema Ranch Campground's Laundry, 415-663-8001

Coin Laundry
Olema Ranch Campground, Olema, 415-663-8001

Libraries
Bolinas 415-868-1171
Inverness 415-669-1288
Point Reyes Station 415-663-8375

Medical Services
West Marin Medical Center, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1082
Point Reyes Clinic, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-8666
West Marin Pharmacy, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1121

Places of Worship
Monastery of Saint John (Orthodox Church in America), Inverness Park, 415-663-1705
Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1349
Sacred Heart Church (Roman Catholic), Olema, 415-663-1139
St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Inverness, 415-669-1039

 

 

Convenience Store

There are no stores within Point Reyes National Seashore. However, there are numerous stores and shops in the surrounding communities.

Grocery/General Stores
Farmhouse Deli, Olema 415-663-8615
Inverness Store, Inverness 415-669-1041
The Marshall Store, Marshall 415-663-1339
Olema Ranch Campground Store, Olema 415-663-8001
Palace Market, Pt. Reyes Station 415-663-1016
Perry's Groceries, Inverness Park 415-663-1491
Toby's Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station 415-663-1223
Tomales Bay Foods, Point Reyes Station 415-663-9335
Cowgirl Creamery 415-663-8153
Golden Point Produce 415-663-1957

Hardware Store
Building Supply Center, Point Reyes Station 415-663-1737

 

 

Goods & Services

Point Reyes National Seashore is largely an outdoors/wilderness park. As such, aside from the Visitor Center bookstores, the cafe at Drakes Beach, a hostel and an oyster farm, there are no goods or services available within the National Seashore. However, there are a few nearby communities with businesses providing the basic necessities for most visitors.

Before you arrive at Point Reyes National Seashore, be sure to obtain whatever you may need during your visit, such as food, beverages, batteries for cameras, etc., at one of the local stores. You may also want to fill up your vehicle beforehand, especially if you plan on driving to the Lighthouse which is located more than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the nearest gas station.

Gas Station

There are no gas or service stations within Point Reyes National Seashore. However, there are a few stations located in the surrounding communities.

Cheda Garage (no gas), Point Reyes Station
Phone number: 415-663-1227

Drake Highway Garage (no gas), Inverness
Phone number: 415-669-1017

Greenbridge Gas & Auto Service, Point Reyes Station
Phone number: 415-663-8654

 

Lodging

Hostelling International - Point Reyes
Open All Year
Reservations can be made Online
Phone:  415-663-8811
The only lodging within Point Reyes National Seashore (other than backcountry camping) is the Hostelling International-Point Reyes. They offer dormitory style accommodations, as well as one private room for parents with children 5 years of age or younger. Please call for more information between 7:30 am to 10:00 am or 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Or visit their website at http://www.norcalhostels.org/reyes/index.html

 

Surrounding communities offer lodging
There are other lodging opportunities in the surrounding communities.

Disclaimer: The National Park Service provides the names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and/or URLs of area lodging networks as a visitor convenience. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement.

West Marin Chamber of Commerce 415-663-9232
Coastal Getaways - e-mail
Inns of Marin 415-663-2000 or 800-887-2880
Point Reyes Lodging Association 415-663-1872 or 800-539-1872
West Marin Network 415-663-9543

Where To Eat

Restaurants & Delicatessens
Bolinas
Coast Café - 415-868-2298

Drakes Beach
Drakes Beach Café - 415-669-1297

Inverness
Barnaby's - 415-669-1114
Manka's Restaurant - 415-669-1034
Priscilla's - 415-669-1244
Vladimir's - 415-669-1021

Inverness Park
Perry's Deli - 415-663-1491

Marshall
The Marshall Store's Deli and Oyster Bar - 415-663-1339
Tony's Seafood - 415-663-1107

Olema
Farm House Restaurant - 415-663-1264
Olema Inn - 415-663-9559

Point Reyes Station
Cafe Reyes - 415-663-9493
Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop and Restaurant - 415-663-8497
Pine Cone Diner - 415-663-1536
Rosie's Cowboy Cookhouse - 415-663-8868
Station House Café - 415-663-1515
Whale of a Deli - 415-663-8464

Bakeries
Bovine Bakery, Point Reyes Station - 415-663-9420
Busy Bee Bakery, Inverness Park - 415-663-9496

Grocery/General Stores
A listing of Grocery and General Stores is available on our Convenience Stores page.

Oyster Companies
Drakes Bay Oyster Company (formerly Johnson's Oyster Farm) - 415-669-1149
Hog Island Oyster Co. - 415-663-9218
Tomales Bay Oyster Co. - 415-663-1242
Point Reyes Oyster Co. - 707-878-2654