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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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104 steps but worth the view

This beautiful lighthouse was so enchanting! We loved every minute of our wonderful visit here! We even spotted a few whales while there!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beautiful lighthouse was so enchanting! We loved every minute of our wonderful visit here! We even spotted a few whales while there!

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited several lighthouses along the coast. This is a good one. Beautiful scenery around the lighthouse and a visitor center with good information. We took the tour which is free if you sign up for it. We went inside the lighthouse. The tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We climbed the spiral staircase to the top to see the... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A quintessential tall, stoic beacon. The tour was great and folks were allowed to climb the stairs all the way to the top right under the massive lens. Our guide was a great fellow who's been a local for a long time and added fascinating first-hand accounts from when he was a small boy.

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Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful area, take a sweater, usually windy and cool-cold. Senery is great. Visitor center is worth your time. Visit lighthouse for extra charge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a very windy day, we arrived at Yaquina Head, not quite knowing why it is called an "Outstanding Area". Well, the area is picturesque, populated by plenty of cormorants, and is beach-accessible. Here, you can take photos of the lighthouse, watch the birds navigate in the wind at breakneck speeds, or go down onto the rocky beach to explore.... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well preserved historic Light House. Of the several on the Oregon coast this is one not to miss. Tide pools, beach access and several parking areas. Walking paved paths allows you to truly take your time to enjoy this incredible Natural area. Watch for whales !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We purchased a lifetime pass on our first visit, so we could enjoy this wonderful treasure repeatedly on subsequent visits to the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great federal natural area with hiking, tidepools (during low tide), beach access, nice interpretive center, historic but still operational lighthouse. Lighthouse is accessible via guided tours only.

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Great visit and interpreter building. On a good day you might spot whales from the views there . We did about 20 meters off the rocks below the lighthouse in fact. :) Really worth a stop if you are in Newport.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The lighthouse is one of those you can easily walk to. It is on reasonably level ground. Be aware that the wind blows almost constantly! It is possible to tour the lighthouse. You may get tickets for the tour at the visitors center. There is a deck around the back side of the lighthouse that is a good spot for... More 

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