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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
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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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Great view and some nice beaches to walk on.

Costs 7 bucks to get in, but it's good for three days. At low tide there are some nice tidepools. We were there on a very windy and rainny day, although the rainn was off and on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Snohomish, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Costs 7 bucks to get in, but it's good for three days. At low tide there are some nice tidepools. We were there on a very windy and rainny day, although the rainn was off and on. There's also a very nice interprative center.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We try and go there several times per year. In December whales can be seen on their southern migration. One really only sees the spout as the whales are further out to sea. In springtime it is great for the birds. Several species of cormorants, common murres, pigeon gullimots and sea gulls to name a few. Also in the spring... More 

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Newport, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places to play. Look for whales, tour the lighthouse. Visit the cobblestone beach at low tide to see all the amazing creatures that exist in that habitat or come at high tide to hear the clack, clack, clack of the cobbles as they are moved by the waves.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visitor center has nicely done displays with plenty of moving parts (buttons to push, lights to see) to keep kids of all ages occupied (15-30 minutes worth for most folks). Great views from the parking lots, and about the shortest lot-to-lighthouse walk anywhere. This is a federal fee area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We parked our RV in the spacious car park and enjoyed this iconic landmark. The views were spectacular, and it is a magnificent building. It was very windy, so be prepared to be buffeted.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is so much more than just the lighthouse! They have a nice interpretive center with a great short movie about the lighthouse and other displays relevant to the area, a couple of spots to park, view and walk and of course the lighthouse to visit. I was surprised at the trails in the area. For those who like... More 

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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to visit...I would wait for when it is not raining. Free parking and great for photo's...Good for kids

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Toledo, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite places in Newport, Oregon! The lighthouse is beautiful, and if you to the visitor center fairly early in the day, you can sign up for a guided tour inside (and to the top). The tour involves a historically dressed tour guide who explains things from the original time period of the working lighthouse. It's... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from this area is amazing. On our drive up we saw some hard core surfers braving the cold and harsh waves to catch a ride. The light house is beautiful and well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love coming here to hike and enjoy the incredible views! Definitely stop and read all the info signs that around at overlooks and along trails. Kids love to learn all about the land and history. Have fun its magnificent!

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