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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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Tide pools galore

One of my favorite spots on the Oregon coast. Great views. There are allot of stairs and once on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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We've been to the lighthouse many times...

but we have a senior pass that gets us in free. That said, I'd go once for sure. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Auburn, Washington
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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

One of my favorite spots on the Oregon coast. Great views. There are allot of stairs and once on the beach its pretty rocky for awhile but at low tide the tide pool viewing is outstanding. Kids love it.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

but we have a senior pass that gets us in free. That said, I'd go once for sure. The interpretative center is interesting, so stop in there. Out at the lighthouse, the lighthouse itself is visually cool. There's usually lots of birds on the rocks...More

Thank Roadtrip E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Must see for lighthouse fans, both for the lighthouse itself as well as the views all around from this location.

Thank RD789
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had a great time playing in the tide pools. On the day I went there were rangers telling about the tide pools. Nice touch! It really made my visit enjoyable!

Thank Christi S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed our visit to Yaquina Head as always - visit the Interpretive Center first for the video on the history of the lighthouse and information on local wildlife. Make a reservation at the Center to take a guided tour of the lighthouse - any little...More

Thank CentralCoastRVer
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is more than a lighthouse. There is an excellent visitors center before you reach the lighthouse. It is a good first stop to learn more about the site. The lighthouse has amazing views. There is a great cobble beach with wonderful tide pools to...More

Thank Patsy B
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are in the Newport are this lighthouse is only a few short minutes from town. There is ample parking and the views are amazing!

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place was so much fun! I thought it was only a lighthouse but it has so much more. The tide pools were awesome! We saw Harbor Seals, Sea stars, Pacific Crabs, Sea Urchins and more. The lighthouse is beautiful but we didn't go in...More

1  Thank erykah282
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful natural area with a cobble beach, light house, and interpretive center where you can learn about the history of the area. You will enjoy the experience more if you spend the time learning about the area and the history. If that's not what you...More

Thank cyanhead
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The lighthouse is great, but you get a lot more than just that. We drove in and paid the $7 entry fee not really knowing what to expect. The visitor center was educational and well done. The short walk up to where the lighthouse sits...More

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