Road Closures and Park Updates
Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by MCVB Staff
Temporary facilities closure advisory
Following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, visitors may enjoy trails and open space areas of Marin parks. The health and safety of staff and visitors in these facilities is our number one priority. We are working with the NPS Office of Public Health, and the US Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
In the meantime, we continue to remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.
Marin County OPEN Sites and Facilities:
- Stinson Beach parking
- Muir Woods National Monument – Visitors strongly encouraged to prepay entrance fee online and make parking required reservations via https://gomuirwoods.com. Visit the Know Before You Go webpage for more details.
- Muir Beach parking
- Muir Beach Overlook parking
- Tennessee Valley parking
- Rodeo Beach parking
- Conzelman and McCullough roads and Golden Gate Bridge overlook parking corridors in the Marin Headlands
- Northwest Commuter parking
- Fort Baker and Horseshoe Cove parking
- Kirby Cove Campground – Visit Recreation.gov to make reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232491
Marin County CLOSED Sites and Facilities:
- All picnic areas
- Kirby Cove Day Use Area
- Bicentennial Campground, Haypress Campground, and Hawk Camp
- Muir Beach fire pits (Fires are not permitted outside fire pits.)
- Marin Headlands Visitor Center
- Nike Missile Site
- Point Bonita Lighthouse
Staff and partners will attempt to keep parking lots, open spaces, beaches, and trails open, provided no additional public health issues arise.
Point Reyes National Seashore Traffic and Trail Alerts/Updates
Following guidance from the CDC and public health officials, and to comply with the shelter-in-place legal order in seven Bay Area counties, Point Reyes National Seashore's visitor centers and campgrounds are temporarily closed until at least April 7, 2020. No camping or beach fire permits will be issued for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. All ranger-led programs or volunteer activities have been canceled. Park roads, trails, beaches, and restrooms (excluding the Bear Valley Visitor Center restrooms) are otherwise open. Updates will be posted to this park website and social media channels.
The following areas, buildings, and roads are closed until further notice:
- Bear Valley Visitor Center
- Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
- Point Reyes Beach between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is closed to all entry on weekends and federal holidays
- Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road to the Point Reyes Lighthouse
- South Beach Road and parking lot
- Point Reyes Lighthouse, Lighthouse Visitor Center, and the surrounding area
- Chimney Rock and the surrounding area
- Mesa Road from the Commonweal entrance to Palomarin Trailhead (this is the most popular trailhead for Bass Lake and Alamere Falls)
- Palomarin Trailhead
Most roadways and parking lots at Point Reyes National Seashore are now open to motor vehicle access following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health officials, except:
- Mesa Road from the Commonweal entrance to Palomarin Trailhead (this is the most popular trailhead for Bass Lake and Alamere Falls)—closed to motor vehicles due to area access and safety issues
- Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road to the Point Reyes Lighthouse—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to area access and safety issues and road construction
- Chimney Rock Road—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to road construction
- South Beach Access Road—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to road construction
Restrooms are open and picnic areas have reopened, with some new rules in an effort to keep picnickers healthy.
Point Reyes Trail Advisories and Closures: Please observe all trail closures and barriers. Trails are closed for a variety of reasons, such as for visitor safety, to protect endangered species, to prevent erosion, and/or to allow new sections of trail to harden.
For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.