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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest...

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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Stunning lighthouse

Easily one of the most photogenic lighthouses I have seen. I always seem to miss the tour, but you can get just amazing photos from outside. Try to go during low tide, so you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easily one of the most photogenic lighthouses I have seen. I always seem to miss the tour, but you can get just amazing photos from outside. Try to go during low tide, so you can walk down the stairway and see the colorful tidal pools.

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Commerce City, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an awesome lighthouse. The visitor center is first class . Be sure to take the stairs (106 steps) down to the beach. Awesome views that you can't get from up on the cliff.

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

Hi Mike - Thanks so much for visiting Yaquina Head and leaving a review. Glad you could enjoy the lighthouse, visitor center, and cobble beach. Hope to see you back soon! More 

Belmar, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are driving along the coast, you must stop here as it is definitely worth a visit, the views awe amazing

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Burbank, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Yaquina Head Natural Area is one of those places that has to be experienced to truly be appreciated. We've been going to Yaquina long before there were paved roads and a visitor center. It was amazing then and it's still amazing. The short hike up Salal hill is definitely worth the time as is the climb down the stairs... More 

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

Hi Dave - Wow, you have seen Yaquina Head in many stages! So happy you continue to return over the years to enjoy your Park. Thank you for leaving the positive review and we hope to see you back again soon :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family loved it and our daughter still talks about the tides pools and we plan to return this summer. If you go to the guest center you can get info and a free tour of the light house (we did and it was fantastic; you have to be able to climb the stairs though). There are other scenic things... More 

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

Hi there - Thank you so much for leaving such a thoughtful review. We are thrilled you had a positive experience and even plan to return this summer! Will look forward to having you back, thanks again :) More 

Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting Yaquina Bay lighthouse a bunch of times we decided to head out to Yaquina Head and see a different light house. We didn't know you could go to the top, which turned out to be really cool to do, got to see the light and the view from the light, which was a heck of a view! If... More 

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Philomath, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are some pretty amazing views of the ocean at this lighthouse. In the summer I have seen a ton of sea lions basking on the rocks there. I think that you could go in any season and not be disappointed by the sights. The only thing I would have to complain about is that you have to pay to... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to go, regardless of the weather. Often a terrific vantage point to see a ton of pelicans as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only is the lighthouse a spectacular site to visit, but the Interpretive Center is a superb way to learn about the natural surroundings. While my wife and I visited on a "free" day. we would have been most pleased to have paid the entry fee at any time. The staff is outstanding and views are spectacular. We highly recommend.

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit to Yaquina Head. Thank you so much for leaving a review and hope to see you back again someday soon! More 

Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Near the lighthouse are some steps down to tide pools. We visited when the tide was too high, but waves were crashing on to the beach and the rounded and smooth black rocks made a wonderful shimmering sound as the waves pulled back and the rocks re-shuffled amongst each other. A magical place to experience the raw power of the... More 

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you can make it back at low tide some day to explore the pools. Thanks again! More 

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