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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
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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Natural Beauty for Your Senses!

Loved, loved, loved Yaquina Head Lighthouse! Arrived mid-morning, parked and walked down to the beach when the tide was rolling in. What a great sensory experience! The sound... read more

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Conway, New Hampshire
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Loved, loved, loved Yaquina Head Lighthouse! Arrived mid-morning, parked and walked down to the beach when the tide was rolling in. What a great sensory experience! The sound of the ocean on the black pebble beach, so loud and amazing! The seals playing in the waves by the rocks and the whale spouts further out! Can't say enough about the... More 

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Spent a couple hours here as the tide was starting to go out and it was great! Lots of seals, some whales and lots to see in the tide pools. The cobblestones made for a unique beach. The lighthouse wasn't much as we weren't able to go in but the viewing area up there is great and the Interpretive Center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Yaquina Head park is absolutely beautiful. Lighthouse tour was great fun. For the fans of horror movies, it was featured in the movie "The ring" And best part was seeing magnificent gray whales!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We missed the turnoff for this park as we drove through town, but we're so glad we turned back and found it! We took the stairs that lead down to the beach, and it was low tide, so we had a blast exploring the tide pools. The staff there are wonderful and are stationed in just the right places to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a short, easy hike up to see the lighthouse. There were volunteers conducting tours. The tour was interesting, though it's not possible to go up into the top of the lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful place for a peaceful and educational experience. You can visit the Interpretative center for an overview, then walk to the lighthouse and finally examine the tide-pools at the bottom of the cliff. If you have time the other short hikes around the area are also advisable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The views from the Yaquina Head and Lighthouse are outstanding. From the lighthouse head you can view the Oregon Coast for miles, both north and south. The day we were there we spotted two whales. Be sure to sign up early for the tours of the lighthouse, as these seem to fill up fast. There are also numerous trails to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredible place, very windy and peaceful. You can easily spot whales in the distance. The lighthouse itself is truly beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must stop and see if you are there. Heads up you do have to pay to get into the park area, but the pass is good for several days. It's usually very windy up there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Lighthouse is, of course, the focal point of any visit, however there is so much more to do. Vista views of the ocean and rock outcroppings offer opportunities to watch nesting seabirds and see whales spouting and feeding off shore. The interpretive center is great for kids to learn the history of the lighthouse. Lots to explore including tidal... More 

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