First Glimpse of Point Reyes National Seashore – alicia kelley

Point Reyes National Seashore is located on the beautiful coastline in Northern California’s Marin County, only 1-2 hours away from San Francisco. Its scenery includes sandy beaches, rocky shores, barns surrounded by cattle and horses, and a multitude of trees. Note that swimming at the beaches is NOT recommended.

View Standing at the Top of a Mountain with Blue Ocean and Coast on Left and Brown/Green Land on Right

There are hiking trails available, lookout points for elephant seals, and possible whale watching by the lighthouse (although this is not currently in season). The lighthouse is currently closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions, however, the view by the lighthouse is a must-see! Be sure to bring your camera, and bring some binoculars too if you want to see way out into the Pacific Ocean!

Point Reyes Lighthouse at a Distance with Dark Blue Ocean in Background and Rocky Structure in Foreground

The Bear Valley Visitor Center is currently open, offering exhibits, information, and several useful items for purchase. It also provides visitors with up to date information such as weather, high and low tide, and fog at different locations around the park. There are only a few roads that cut through the park, making it easy to find your way around. A wind breaker jacket is definitely helpful, and be sure to bring your sunscreen as well. I was surprised to find out that it can be very warm at the park!

Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore. View of a Small Bridge with Green Trees Surrounding a Path.

Morgan Horse Ranch is located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There are a few horses in the field, as well as two cats. There are outdoor exhibits located here, where you can view a display of the blacksmith’s shop and learn about the ranch. The horses are not available for riding, however, horseback riding is allowed on certain trails. Horses can be “rented” at Five Brooks Ranch, just 10 minutes away from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Make your way over to Point Reyes National Seashore for some adventure, relaxation, and great memories! TIP: Be sure to stock up on gas before arriving at the park.

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