Point Reyes National Seashore, a national
treasure since 1962, is a spectacular holiday
destination which amalgamates a host of titillating
experiences leaving you asking for more. Observe the
wildlife in the form of great gray whales near the Point
Reyes Lighthouse and the Tule Elk at Tomales point or
regale in nature’s beauty at Muir woods, Bodega Bay and
the Napa - Sonoma wine country or simply rejoice in the
150 miles of hiking and bicycling trails and unwind at
the many unsullied beaches, there is no dearth of things
to do at Point Reyes!
The top 5 list of things to do at Point
Reyes includes hiking, bicycling, kayaking, horseback
riding and of course observing the exquisite fauna.
Point Reyes is an ideal hiking destination with an
extensive network of trails to choose from. The bear
valley trail centre can assist you in planning a hike to
suit your liking and time constraints. Trail maps for
north as well as south district trails are also
available here. A comprehensive number of both on road
and off road biking trails are available which take you
through lush green forests, along estuaries, beach banks
and expanses of picturesque country roads. Some of the
best trails at Point Reyes are Arch rock via bear
valley; Tomales point trial, Sky-Bear valley loop,
Bolinas Ridge trail, Abbotts Lagoon, Chimney rock trail
and the list goes on.
Kayaking in the midst of a pristine
landscape is a high point at Point Reyes National
Seashore with Tomales Bay being the most popular spot.
It is a vast unmarred embayment on the coast of
California bound by the Point Reyes National Seashore on
the west. There are four launching points for kayaking
in Tomales Bay: Miller County Park, Tomales Bay State
Park, Golden Hide Inn and Marina and Lawson’s Landing.
You can pull over at some stunning stopovers while
kayaking such as Hog Island, Hearts Desire Beach and
There is also the option of exploring the
inherent natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore
on horseback. Ride away to your heart’s content at Five
Brooks, a public riding stable. If you desire to ride
along a resplendent beach with waves crashing at your
side then Chanslor Ranch is the place to be. Head
off to Stewart Ranch Horse Camp if you are
looking for an overnight stay.
Point Reyes National Seashore is home to
many endangered species primarily the Tule Elk and
elephant seals. The Tule Elks can be seen grazing freely
along the roadside in Tomales Point. Elephant seals can
be seen from the Elephant Seal Overlook near chimney
rock from December to march. You can espy on the
entrancing lives of these animals particularly the fight
for dominance among the males with their emphatic
trumpeting, birthing of pups and the interactions in
The Point Reyes Peninsula offers the best
opportunity to behold the California gray whales as they
migrate along the Pacific Coast. Point Reyes is also a
bird watchers’ paradise home to around 500 species.
So visit Point Reyes and discover the
true meaning of utopia!
Related websites and additional information:
Point Reyes National
Seashore - U.S. National Park Service
West Marin Chamber of Commerce - Point Reyes National