The Point Reyes National Seashore features scenic views of the Pacific Ocean in one of the most powerful areas of the shoreline. Huge waves crash against the rocks and sandy beaches, and there are miles of grasslands and forests. Located near the shore are more than a 1,000 species of plants and animals, creating an environment that can be explored for years and never reveal all it has to offer. The National Park Service acquired some of the land in the area in 2000 with the intention of turning it into a wetlands restoration. The Waldo Giacomini Ranch received Congressional money to protect the area and the creatures living in it. The area that is protected is located in the northern part of the park and falls in the land of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The area features a number of hiking trails that wind visitors through the parkland for miles and miles. Hikes range in difficulty from easy to moderately difficult and can take anywhere from less than an hour up to six hours. The Point Reyes Lighthouse is another popular feature in the area and lighthouse enthusiasts come from all around to take photos and enjoy a tour.