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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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Cobble Beach is fascinating, enjoyed climbing the 100+ steps of the lighthouse, lots of trails... read more

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Marjorie C
It truly is outstanding

The BLM has done an OUTSTANDING job building and interpreting this site. We went back twice just to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
+1 541-574-3100
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Reviewed yesterday

Cobble Beach is fascinating, enjoyed climbing the 100+ steps of the lighthouse, lots of trails, saw whales and sea lions (on our last visit)

Thank Marjorie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The BLM has done an OUTSTANDING job building and interpreting this site. We went back twice just to see more. Very scenic and educational. It is a can't miss highlight in the Newport area.

Thank OHVguy1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit and go for a run. Saw whales and some seals. Access to tide pools and Agate Beach.

Thank Geaux_geaux_geaux
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lighthouse is a really outstanding thing to see. Go when the sun is setting and see a nice sunset with the lighthouse in background. Great to take pictures then. There is agate beach on the south and Beverly beach on the north. Easy to...More

Thank animalsrock2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We grew up an hour from here and have come almost every year. The tide pools are amazing at low tide and the light house is an amazing and well preserved piece of our local history. It's setting is breath taking. The walk up to...More

Thank jimdandyofor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is beautiful and walking around the tidepools is amazing. But we only saw one starfish and the last time we were here they were all over. Sad.

Thank jjkeeeen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove in on a whim because we had a NP Annual Pass that gives us free access to all NPs for a yearly fee. Glad we did, the interpretive center is very nice and well staffed. They recommended hiking over to the tide pools...More

Thank Laura K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here right before sunset. It cost 7$ and well worth it. I think there's other things you can do here but we came right before closing so only got to see the light house

Thank Migs257
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great 2-4 hours (up to half day) place to visit. The lighthouse visit (inside) requires coordination with the visitor's center.

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful interpretive center with informative displays and video shoe in the building of the lighthouse. Walk or drive (we walked) to the light house with beautiful, beautiful scenery as he waves crash on the rocky shore! We even saw a whale. I have this photo...More

Thank Paula G
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20 June 2017|
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
19 July 2016|
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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