Activities & Local Info

point-reyes-beachesPoint Reyes Station is located an hour from San Francisco and the Napa/ Sonoma wine country adjacent to the Point Reyes National Seashore with 65,000 acres of the most diverse settings that nature can provide.

You can hike l50 miles of trails, explore miles of sandy beaches, kayak on Tomales Bay, ride horses, or just relax by the wood stove or soak in the hot tub.

Guests enjoy whale watching from January to April, elephant seals from December to April, and tule elk at Tomales Point year round. Spectacular wildflowers from March through May at Chimney Rock and Abbots Lagoon.

LightHouse_07Winter is considered by many to be a magic time at Point Reyes National Seashore. The gray whales pass by the Point Reyes Lighthouse on their migration from the Bering and Chuchki Seas near Alaska to the breeding lagoons in Baja, Mexico. At Point Reyes the whales are seen on their Southern migration in late December through January, and during their northern migration in March and April.

A large colony of elephant seals can be seen at Chimney Rock. Males arrive first in late November, shortly followed by the females who give birth within a week. The last to leave are the weaned pups who depart by late March.

Wonderful birding takes place during all the seasons. some of the best viewing spots are Abbott’s Lagoon, Drakes Bay, Bolinas Lagoon, Limantour Estero, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Chimney Rock, Olema Marsh, Muddy Hollow, five Brooks Pond, or any of the access trails along the east shore of Tomales Bay.

Badger photo by Joe Soule

Lupines at Bear Valley photo by Joe Soule

Photo courtesy of Point Reyes Outdoors