Point Reyes Field Station Facilities Information

Hagmaier Ranch House

Owned by the National Park Service, the historic Hagmaier Ranch House was built in 1915 and restored with period details by the National Park Service in about 2000 after a house fire in the fireplace. The house serves as the main hub of the UC Point Reyes Field Station and provides users with wifi access, work space, meeting space for small and large groups (up to about 30), a full kitchen, two bathrooms with one shower, a library, and eventually dormitory-style beds.

The field station sits near the southern end of the Olema Valley historic ranching district. The house is one of the first representations of the Midwestern farmhouse architectural style on the west coast of the United States and the surrounding ranch land produced dairy products — mainly butter — for San Franciscans for many decades. Today the site is dedicated to education and research in nearby open space properties owned and managed by the National Park Service, California State Parks, and other local agencies.

The grounds

On the south side of the house are four picnic tables, perfect for group meals and informal meetings.

North of the house off the driveway are two dairy sheds that were built by rancher George Hagmaier in 1938. These open sheds are currently used for equipment storage. 

The field station rests in the heart of beautiful Olema Valley. The presence of the San Andreas Fault that runs along the valley is reflected in the undulating hilly landscape and areas of seasonal ponding.


The campground

This large mowed area south of the Hagmaier ranch house accommodates overnight stays for individuals and large groups. Campers access the bathrooms, shower, kitchen, wifi, and meeting space in the main house during their stay. No one is allowed to sleep in the house or on its porch until we install the dormitory style beds (soon!).


You will also be sharing your campsite with local residents….


If you have any questions about the field station’s facilities and accommodations, please contact Allison Kidder, Reserve Manager, at kidder@berkeley.edu. Researchers, scholars in the humanities and arts, groups, and classes can submit an Application and/or a Reservation to use the Point Reyes Field Station via the UC Natural Reserve System’s Reserve Application Management System (RAMS).  

All researchers must have a current research permit approved by the granting agency before using Point Reyes Field Station.