Directions

photo of a basket sea star
Point Reyes Lighthouse

Directions to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary offices (co-located at Point Reyes National Seashore)

*Note that cell phone coverage between 101 and Olema varies and gradually diminishes for most cell phone carriers as you head west to Olema

Office phone number: 415-464-5260

*Note: The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary offices relocated in early 2015, the office next to the Red Barn classroom is no longer an office

map of the new cordell bank offices

From 101 (closest to San Francisco/GG Bridge)

Route takes you over Mount Tam: (beautiful, windy road, steep cliffs, incredible vistas)
From 101 north or south
Take Stinson Beach, Tam Valley exit
At the intersection in Tam Valley, take a left onto Shoreline Hwy (Route 1)
After a few miles, it splits to go either straight to Stinson Beach or right to Mount Tam.
Take the right to Mount Tam (it also goes to Stinson, and is quicker)
Take all the way to Stinson Beach
Make right when you get to stop sign highway one
Go through Stinson Beach (still on route 1)
Go around Bolinas Lagoon (look for harbor seals on your left at low tide!)
Just keep straight and bear right at Rancho Bolinas (big farm house on right)
Keep going, for about 15 miles until you get to Olema!
Go straight through blinking stop light (after stopping!)
Make left onto Bear Valley Road
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)

From 101 North/or South

Route takes you through the towns of Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, and Lagunitas: can be trafficy, lots of stop lights
From 101 north/south
Take San Anselmo Exit onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Stay on Drake all the way to Olema
You'll get to a major hub in downtown San Anselmo, where there is a huge antique store.
Just keep going straight on Drake you'll go through Fairfax, Lagunitas, then Samuel P. Taylor park (lots of redwood trees and along Lagunitas creek)
Continue all the way to blinking red light in Olema; make right, then quick left onto Bear Valley Road.
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)

From 101 North/South

San Rafael exit (route bypasses town of Ross, but merges with other 101N/S route)
Coming from north or south via 101, take Central San Rafael Exit.
Turn West onto 4th Street, take until it joins up with Sir Francis Drake Blvd (about 5 miles)
Bear right to stay on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. You'll go through the towns of San Anselmo, Fairfax, Lagunitas, then Samuel P. Taylor State Park (lots of redwood trees and Lagunitas creek)
Continue all the way to the blinking red light at Olema; make a right, then immediately after the Pt. Reyes Lodge turn left onto Bear Valley Road.
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)

From 101 Lucas Valley Road Route

This route is the least amount of traffic, but is a very windy road and somewhat slow, be careful watching for bicyclists on this route. Lots of redwood trees and rolling hills!
From 101 north/south take the Lucas Valley Road Exit and head west.
(From the south, take a left onto Lucas Valley Road, from the north; stay right onto Lucas Valley Blvd.)
Continue on all the way to a stop sign near the town of Nicasio.
You will go through rolling hills, and lots of redwood trees and oak groves.
At the stop sign turn right (there is no road sign there, but it is Nicasio Blvd)
Take all the way to end where there is a stop sign and take a left onto Point Reyes Petaluma Blvd. you'll hit a stop sign at a bridge.
Go straight towards Olema, this turns into Platform Bridge road.
At next stop sign (end or road) make a right onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
When you get to the end and hit the town of Olema at the blinking red light, turn right, then quick left onto Bear Valley Road.
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)

From 101 Novato Area

From 101 take the Rowland Boulevard exit.
From 101 south, turn left over the freeway, from the north turn right and head west.
Stay on this road until you hit Novato Blvd just past.
Turn right on Novato Blvd.and; go all the way to the end.
At the intersection make a left onto Point Reyes Petaluma Blvd.
Continue on Petaluma/Point Reyes Blvd. until you come to the stop sign at the intersection of Platform Bridge Road (about 7 miles).
Go right across bridge to stay on Point Reyes Petaluma Road.
Continue about three miles to intersection with Highway 1.
Turn left (South) on Highway 1and follow it through Point Reyes Station and over the Green Bridge.
Go Straight (continuing on Highway one). Make right onto Bear Valley Road
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)

From 101/ Petaluma Area

Take Washington Ave exit and head west, turn left onto Lakeville Blvd, and turn right onto East D Street.
Continue west on D Street and it turns into Point Reyes - Petaluma Blvd at the west edge of town.
Continue on Petaluma/Point Reyes Blvd. until you come to the stop sign at the intersection of Platform Bridge Road (about 15 miles).
Go right across bridge to stay on Point Reyes Petaluma Road.
Continue about three miles to intersection with Highway 1.
Turn left (South) on Highway 1and follow it through Point Reyes Station and over the Green Bridge.
Go straight (continuing on Highway one). Make right onto Bear Valley Road
Make first left into Park Headquarters, then turn right and follow road across creek bridge
Keep right and pass 2 white buildings and park either on left side or in parking lot 
CBNMS offices are the two buildings facing each other (one on left has solar panels on roof, one on right has two skylights on roof)