Point Reyes National Seashore

Upper Left: NPS PhotoUpper Right Photo Credit: Mason Cummings, NPS
Bottom: Tule Elk; Photo Credit: Charlene Burge

Point Reyes National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. In 1976, President Gerald Ford designated 33,373 acres as wilderness (including 8,000 acres of potential wilderness). The only National Seashore on the West Coast, the park is home to historic ranches that are still in operation, an historic lifeboat station and light house, and a replica of a Coast Miwok village.

The park is composed of a mosaic of ecosystems including Douglas-fir and Bishop pine forests, northern coastal prairie, northern coastal scrub, rangeland, salt, brackish, and freshwater marshlands, estuaries, beaches, and headlands. It is in this diversity of habitats that you can find 45% of the bird species in North America, along with nearly 18% of California's plant species, and 38 threatened and endangered species.