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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

#1 of 50 things to do in Newport Features Animals
750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Lovely views!!

We took a drive and ended up at the lighthouse. We wanted to walk down to the beach, but it was a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Toni P
The wind was no joke!

We parked down by the restroom building and took the stairway down to the beach. The beach was wide... read more

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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
+1 541-574-3100
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Reviewed yesterday

We took a drive and ended up at the lighthouse. We wanted to walk down to the beach, but it was a long haul and difficult for bad knees. However, the view from the top was amazing. The parking was easy. Many picnic spots.

Thank Toni P
Reviewed yesterday

We parked down by the restroom building and took the stairway down to the beach. The beach was wide and stunning with gorgeous dunes and a terrific view. The wind on the day we visited was almost unmanageable, so we weren't able to spend very...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed yesterday

If you are able take the short hike to the top and many vistas afford a spectacular view. The flowers were beautiful too. Many animals can be spotted from all the vistas. We saw a whale , a seal andy many differnet birds

Thank galonthego60
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit. If the majestic views aren't enough then maybe a view of the whales might make your day. Or just a view of the lighthouse.

Thank dkrug10042
Reviewed 2 days ago

This stop is not just for the light house! The light house is lovely and the view is spectacular but for me I love the tidal pool and cobble stone beach just under the light house. The pools are full of sea life and often...More

Thank Rebecca E
Reviewed 2 days ago

The central coast was blanketed in fog the day we visited this area, to the point where we could barely see the lighthouse that was just 250 steps away. But down on Cobble Beach we could see plenty and it was so enjoyable. Smooth black...More

Thank Leilehua
Reviewed 2 days ago

The day we went was quite windy and cold, even though it was August. We parked at the visitor's center and made the 10 minute walk out to the lighthouse. We only stayed long enough to see a couple of whales and then walked back....More

Thank darcforest
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This area is wonderful - only explored Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach, and both were unique from each other and other places we've been on the coast, and both were beautiful - good tide pools, observed whales just off the coast, will definitely return to...More

Thank mara r
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wales, seals, cormorant sea birds and tide pools are plentiful here in the summer months. Beautiful views of the coastline make this a must stop on your travels. The short hike up to the top of Salal Hill is worth every step and it gets...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a few area unless a visitor has one of the "park passes". The interpretive center offers a short film on the history and operation of the lighthouse. The displays are minimalistic but interesting. Tours of the lighthouse are offered for a fee and...More

Thank Barb W
YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Technician at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting Yaquina Head and taking the time to review your experience. Please note for others reading this and for any future visits, there is no extra fee to tour the lighthouse at this time. Passes are included in the usage...More

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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
20 July 2016|
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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