Point Reyes National Seashore

  • sun shines on rugged beach where ocean meets mountainside



Point Reyes Information

California's Point Reyes includes sand beaches, brush hillside, and forested ridges. The seashore offers hiking, events, and wildlife exploration programs.

The cultural history of Point Reyes reaches back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians who were the first human inhabitants of the Peninsula. Over 120 known village sites exist within the park. According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European explorer to do so. In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, key lighthouse and lifesaving stations were established by the United States Government in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The natural habitat that is Point Reyes National Seashore is equally as rich. Today, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Over 45% of North American avian species and nearly 18% of California's plant species are found in the park due to the variety of habitat and uniqueness of the geology. Thirty-eight threatened and endangered species exist within the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Making an Impact

Visiting Point Reyes

Old trees create a canopy of branches over road
low fog mixes with water as sun sets
fog mixes with rocks covered in clam shells and moss

Map of the Park

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA

Parks Near Point Reyes National Seashore

Muir Woods
Dedicated to the father of the national parks, John Muir, in 1908, this redwood forest along the Pacific coast offers views unlike any other.
Tourist visiting Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site defended San Francisco Bay from California's Gold Rush to World War II. Its brick masonry matches the Golden Gate Bridge.
Baker Beach in Golden Gate with a view of the Bridge.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, offers much to its many visitors every year.
Alcatraz Island National Park
Come to Alcatraz for a prison tour while enjoying the historical and cultural experiences unique to the San Francisco Bay.
From the Blog
Support Our Parks
The protection of our national parks is a job we can all do. Our parks need the support of people like you who love and visit them.