Bear Valley Visitor Center
In the Rift Zone: Bear Valley Visitor Center
The Bear Valley Visitor Center of
the Point Reyes National Seashore park
is located in a rift zone that separates Point Reyes
on the Pacific Plate from mainplate California on the North American Plate.
Here, the San Andreas Fault cuts
through the Californian landscape between
Tomales Bay and the Bolinas Lagoon.
The Earthquake Trail,
Rift Zone Trail,
Bear Valley Trail,
Morgan Trail and
Kule Loklo Trail
have their trailheads next to the
parking spaces at the visitor center.
Inside this barn-style building, you'll find
educational exhibits, a book & gift store and an information desk.
The exhibits feature various aspects of the human and natural
history of Point Reyes.
Visitors taking their time to study the exhibit sections
will admire the excellent displays and detailed descriptions.
During my visit in September 2015, I found an original display
of nudibranchs—soft-bodied mollusks without
shells in their adult stage—by
Celeste Woo, who
knit, crochet, felt and sew sea slugs using wool, silk and
cotton thread. Not made to scale, the larger-than-adult-size
textile animals beautifully illustrate
the amazing shape and color variety of nudibranch species.
Bright and flamboyant nudity, indeed.
Some of them thrive and glitter in the maritime environments
off the beaches and shorelines of Point Reyes.
In addition to the inland Bear Valley Center, Point Reyes National
Seashore includes the coastal
Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and the
popular Lighthouse Visitor Center.
More to explore at Point Reyes