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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Beautiful!

Not real sure if I like the way they steer you through the visitor center, but actually the visitor... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
DakineSmile
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Oregon
Beautifully Preserve

What a beautiful place. The views are breathtaking. Lots of wildlife out on the rocks below and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ECastaneda
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Salem, Oregon
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not real sure if I like the way they steer you through the visitor center, but actually the visitor center is cool! My wife's grandpa was a keeper here, so this is one of those spots that we have to see every time we're in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place. The views are breathtaking. Lots of wildlife out on the rocks below and the beach below has awesome tidepools to explore. Going up to the light house is easy for anyone. Real neat compass in the concrete entrance with tiny fossil...More

Thank ECastaneda
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely views! Very fun little walk with the kiddo. Saw some whales playing out in the surf. Walked down to the beach and got to check out some sea urchins with a very knowledgeable and fun forest service lady.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor's center and the surrounding beaches, rocks, promenades and sea life makes this a must-see, unforgettable experience for you, your family and your friends. The lighthouse is one of the most spectacular ones of the west coast of the U.S.

Thank CourtenayOregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most informative lighthouse organizations I have ever seen...with great history surrounding the lighthouse and the artifacts they have on display at the facility.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place to stop at or to take a few short hikes. The lighthouse tours starts at the park headquarters a mile before the Yaquina Head.

Thank Daniel F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The waves were tremendous. Enjoyed exploring several areas near the lighthouse--saw the seals but were not lucky enough to spot a whale!

Thank barbbrennan1950
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site was a surprise. Very interesting and informative. We spent time at the visitor center, the light house and cobble stone beach/tide pools. The guide at the light house was dressed in period costume and kept in character and time period. He made the...More

Thank Carol T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful lighthouse - as a photography loved the shots Iw as able to get here. Great tip: hike down to the beach below the light house. Amazing tidepools as well as a very strange rock beach (all uniformly round and smooth)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour of the lighthouse, and, although there were (almost) too many steps to get to the top - it was well worth the exercise!

Thank ivalotta
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gsaljeff
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
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Response from YaquinaHeadStaff | Property representative |
There is a $7/vehicle fee to enter the Park unless you already have a federal park pass. Tours of the lighthouse are offered that allow you to climb to the top. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis by... More
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