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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Pretty lighthouse

Nice location, but there is an admission charge to the grounds?!? Right off highway 101 near... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2017
Chuck52310
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New Haven
Awesome Ocean Views

My family and I took a road trip to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Lighthouse... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2017
harmony6568
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Lancaster, SC
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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
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

Nice location, but there is an admission charge to the grounds?!? Right off highway 101 near Newport. If you like lighthouses, don't miss this one.

Thank Chuck52310
Reviewed March 10, 2017

My family and I took a road trip to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Lighthouse. Unfortunately we were too late to take the tour. Nevertheless, we set off on our own. As I had never been this close to a lighthouse, this was...More

Thank harmony6568
Reviewed March 8, 2017

We wish we had more time to enjoy the lighthouse and all the trails around it. Loved the information placed around the area. The history of lighthouses is really interesting.

Thank nekomau
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Pick the right day and you are in for a treat. Spent a few days in the New Port area and caught a wonderful sunset on the last day. Got some nice picture of a fog shrouded coat with the light house peeking out.

Thank Shamus780
Reviewed March 4, 2017

This lighthouse was so fun to visit. The interpretive center was outstanding and we spent at least two hours inside looking at everything. Cute little gift shop, I bought a new jacket and a stuffed starfish. The people working here are super knowledgeable and very...More

Thank Jo Ann Z
Reviewed March 1, 2017

This is a great spot. If you can take the light house tour, do it! But if that's not an option, there's still a lot to offer here. During low tide, you can explore the tide pools. During high tide, the cobble beach offers a...More

Thank EllenK4
Reviewed February 28, 2017

Nice walk to the lighthouse and if you're lucky, you might see some whales! There are rangers out by the lighthouse to point out some of the wildlife and answer questions. Great place to snag some pictures. I would recommend going down the stairs and...More

Thank Erika A
Reviewed February 28, 2017

Helpful staff and gorgeous views! Beautiful panoramic views of coastline. Warning - cobble beach are not for everyone, Very unstable footing.

Thank Tricia P
Reviewed February 25, 2017

This park had plenty for me and my teens to do. Despite the wind and heavy rain that day, we had a great time exploring the tide pools and climbing the rocks.

Thank SK_Marylou
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful! Stunning views, great hiking opportunities. Fascinating light house with much history. Another gem on the coast!

Thank Claudia2929
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gsaljeff
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
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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
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