There are too many attractions at Point Reyes and with limited time we decided to drive out to the Elk reserve. The drive itself is scenic and there are interesting vistas along the way, so take your time. The old dairy at the end of the road next to the car park was interesting and is still undergoing restoration. It should be really good in several years. Meanwhile, the short walk of about 1-2 miles towards the Elk Reserve was rewarding with nice views of the seashore, crashing surf on one side and rolling hills with concealed Elk on the other. We knew they were there as evidenced by the many droppings on the trail. We took lots of pictures of the sea and as it was sunset we got some fantastic ones. We had almost given up seeing the Tule Elk when we finally came to a small valley as the path cut inland. There were about 50 animals some distance away and not at all accessible without breaking some of the trail rules, which we did not. However, we saw what we came for and headed back to the car. As we drove out towards the entrance, about half a mile from the dairy, we stopped for a last time to admire the sun as it finally dipped below the horizon.With cameras clicking we felt it was a good successful afternoon. However, glancing on the other side of the road we were surprised to see a group of about 10 elk less that 20 yards off the road. Wow, what a surprise and how nice for them to be there peacefully grazing and posing for the camera!! Definitely recommended for a quiet park visit with a difference.
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