Tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes National Seashore in 1978. Since then, the elk have grown from 10 animals to over 450, one of the largest populations in California. There are two separate herds of tule elk at Point Reyes. The larger herd is at Tomales Point, a 2,600-acre fenced reserve at the north end of the Seashore. The other is a herd of roughly 70 animals that was transplanted from Tomales Point and now roams free in the Limantour wilderness area of the Seashore and above Drakes Beach. The reintroduction of this free-ranging herd is an important step in the ecological restoration in the park.
Best Time for Viewing: Year round
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: September and October is the rutting season
ADA Accessibility Notes
There is a paved road from the start of the Tule Elk Preserve on Pierce Point Road until you reach the parking lot at the Pierce Point Ranch. The elk are often visible along this stretch of road.
Pet Friendly Notes
No pets allowed; this is a Congressionally-designated wilderness area.
For More Information, Contact:
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-464-5100 · fax 415-663-8132