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 Indian Beach.
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 general.
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 Seashore