Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Bear Valley Ranch and Visitor Center
Point Reyes National Seashore California


The barn-like visitor center at Bear Valley Ranch provides useful information, issues backpack permits, and has some excellent natural history displays. There are picnic tables under the big fir trees and a large parking lot for hikers, plus a staging area for horseback riders.

Nearby is the Morgan Horse Farm, where ranger patrol horses are raised and trained, and the Earthquake Trail which follows and interprets the San Andreas Fault. A short distance in the other direction is Kule Loklo, a recreation of a Coast Miwok Indian village.



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The Point Reyes Visitor Center at Bear Valley Ranch was design3ed to resemble the old cow barns that typify the area.

(October 16, 2014)


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A life-size model of an elephant seal bull at the Bear Valley visitor center

(April 10, 2011)


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Inside the Point Reyes visitor center at Bear Valley

(April 10, 2011)


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Natural history exhibits at the Point Reyes visitor center at Bear Valley

(April 10, 2011)


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A picnic area under tall Douglas firs at the Bear Valley center

(April 10, 2011)


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The interpretive Earthquake Trail near the Bear Valley center

(April 10, 2011)


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Re-creation of a fence offset by the 1906 Earthquake, on the Earthquake Trail at Bear Valley

(April 10, 2011)


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