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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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

Even though you can't go up into the lighthouse, it's a gorgeous view standing next to it. Down... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Raymore, Missouri
via mobile
Loved exploring here

We had a great time exploring tidepools and seeing the seals. The area by the lighthouse was crazy... read more

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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 via mobile

Even though you can't go up into the lighthouse, it's a gorgeous view standing next to it. Down below there is a staircase that will lead you to tide pools where you can check out starfish and other creatures. We also saw seals when we...More

Thank hteeman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time exploring tidepools and seeing the seals. The area by the lighthouse was crazy busy but the area down below... the first area you can go to as you drive in is super quiet and lots to see.

Thank 381karat
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love spending time at the head. We recommend walking in rather than driving because a) driving in is about $7 I believe and b) you can enjoy the view along the way much more by walking. Typically you'll see surfers during the beginning and...More

Thank wanderingaustins
Reviewed yesterday

There is a small fee to visit the park where the lighthouse is. Well worth the $7 to see the lighthouse, climb the hill behind for an awe inspiring view down the coast and observe the many species of birds who nest on the rocks....More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is really outstanding. Try to time your trip to the low tide. If you find a tide table, then the more negative number for the low tide the better (Arizona girl just learning this). We lucked out and got there at the optimal...More

Thank brandyaz
Reviewed 5 days ago

There was a long line of cars to buy the entry ticket so I left my group and walked from the gate to the lighthouse ~20 min brisk walk. Totally worth it because I took the trail off the road and saw some lovely flowers...More

1  Thank PKtight
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fascinating spot. Truly is outstanding. Saw eagles, seals, whales, sea birds. Lighthouse is quite striking too.

1  Thank LesJoEllen
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Probably nice when you get in. Slowest wait ever to get in. Like 30 mins :( need more staff. Busy busy busy.

Thank Manda O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible attraction, the lighthouse itself is a fabulous piece of history. Add the magnificent views of the pacific, whale watching and seals suning on the rocks. There is also a nice hike up a small mountain to take on the property.

Thank Ida_Joseph
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$7 per car to get in but definitely worth it. They have a few trails to walk. The tide pools were our favorite. And we loved the lighthouse and the views.

Thank cassrowan
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Can I park my 30 ft RV there?
20 June 2017|
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Response from Lynda W | Reviewed this property |
You would be able to park at the visitor's center, then walk to the lighthouse. It's about a 10-minute walk.
cost to get in and can you climb to top of lighthouse
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