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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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Awesome lighthouse used in "The Ring"

Gorgeous views 7 dollars for a three day pass. Lots of interesting stuff to see and do while checking out the lighthouse.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Gorgeous views 7 dollars for a three day pass. Lots of interesting stuff to see and do while checking out the lighthouse.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

was staying in Newport and could see the lighthouse from our room so took a drive up to it what a view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a charge to get in per car but it is good for 3 days. Great place to spend the day walking and exploring. Take a tour of the lighthouse but beware of the flies this time of month due to abundance of birds. Great views and tide pools are neat. Take picnic lunch and enjoy!

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So many choices in one area! Great tidepooling at Cobble Beach, lazy harbor seals lying on the rocks just offshore, huge numbers of nesting seabirds on Colony Rock, tours inside and up the lighthouse, hike Salal Hill to the top (an easy switchback trail) for incredible views up and down the coast, and enjoy very good exhibits on lighthouses, wildlife... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this location, not very large, pretty views and neat lighthouse. Was disappointed when we got up there to find out that you had to purchase tickets to the lighthouse tour down at the visitor center below. Parking is limited, so once you have a spot you don't really want to give it up to drive back down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the best locations along the Oregon coast. It's away from the Highway 101 noise, it's gorgeous, and there's plenty to see.

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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw whales, harbor seals, and lots of birds on a sunny afternoon at Yaquina head lighthouse. Stop at the visitor's center for a guided tour of the lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visit the tidepools between 8 and 10 am. Staff are so lovely and friendly and great with the kids who were looking for sea urchins, seastars and anemones.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of birding opportunities here. Right above the visitor's center was a nest of juvenile peregrine falcons that we could see and hear fighting and screaming. Then hiked up to the lighthouse where we saw whales, seagulls, and other birds. Gorgeous views from the cliffs. Carefull climbing on the rocky Cobblestone Beach. Saw a couple of starfish (a red and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great experience for not a lot of money! Do the lighthouse tour but children under 42" cannot go because of the stairs. My teenager enjoyed it which is saying a lot! The views were awesome. We saw harbor seals and whales!

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