Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Region in California, United States
Point Reyes National Seashore Trail Map

Discover the topographic variety and natural beauty of California’s coast in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Established in 1962, the preserve encompasses over 71,000 acres of land on the Point Reyes Peninsula, which is almost completely separated from the continental United States by a rift zone on the San Andreas Fault. Geologically and historically significant, this area beckons outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs to explore its boundaries.

A landscape characterized by pristine beaches, rugged headlands, coastal prairies, lush temperate forests, and cattle ranches, the adventure opportunities here are countless. Offering an extensive network of hiking trails that exhibit the diversity of flora and fauna, the exploration of the preserve and Philip Burton Wilderness are best done by foot. Hike amongst Tule Elk on the Tomales Point Trail, explore one of the world’s rare tidal falls on the Alamere Falls Trail, navigate the 300-odd steps to the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, or admire lounging elephant seals from the Elephant Seal Overlook Trail. Most of the routes in the National Seashore are easy-going and manageable by hikers of all skill levels, though there are a select amount of technical treks to please the adrenaline junkies!

Located in Marin County, only a 1.5-hour drive north of San Francisco, the Point Reyes National Seashore is a popular city escape. The weekends here see the most traffic from day-trippers who are eager to step into the fresh air. Due to the sanctuary’s geographic location, the National Seashore boasts outdoor pursuits year-round. We encourage visitors to head out in the summer months, as the coastal area sees warmer and drier conditions. No matter the season, the preserve provides the opportunity for hiking, sea kayaking, sightseeing, birding, wildlife watching, and more. Unfortunately, the Point Reyes National Park is not a dog-friendly preserve due to the abundance of wildlife and the fragility of the environment, so it’s best to leave your pup at home for this trip!

Full of wonderment, history, breathtaking scenery, and adventure possibilities, a trip to the Point Reyes National Park is a California staple. Discover the grandeur of the delicate headlands, watch the gray whale migration, learn about the San Andreas Fault, or sun on the shores of the pristine beaches that were awarded as the cleanest in the state in 2010! Whichever way you choose to indulge in this coastal oasis, you will not be disappointed.

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