Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
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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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  • pnwthomas
    169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Views
    I visit here every time I go to Newport. When the flowers are in bloom, I get the best photos. There is a walkway you can take down to the bottom but watch out for the tides. It's quite a few steps so have some good shoes and know you can climb back up.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • entropy43
    Idaho127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic in any season
    It was foggy, chilly and very windy but we still enjoyed the tidal pools and cobble stone beach. The Yaquina Lighthouse was closed due to staffing shortages. That was disappointing. The Yaquina Interpretive Center was interesting and we spent extra time there learning about the history of this area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • 2rollon
    California522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hours of fun exploring tide pools
    We spent a few hours exploring the tide pools and near by seals. There’s a set of stairs to travel down to tide pool area. Then you have to traverse large slippery river rock to get to the pools. I highly recommend sturdy shoes. Once at the tide pools, you’ll be amazed by all the creatures you see. We highly recommend you take the time in your day to visit the tide poles and discover whatever you can underneath the rocks.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Th3HappyTraveler
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yaquina Head has something for everyone!
    Great stop for water views, lighthouse, tidepooling, agate-hunting on the beach (I found several). There is an upper area close to the lighthouse but we drove down the hill (right after you enter) to a much less-crowded beach. Lots of spots to picnic, explore & just sit and relax…
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Stephon C
    Gaithersburg, Maryland223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a view
    The entry is free for retired military. You should stop and the visitor center. The information is very help and history is fascinating. The lighthouse was spectacular, there were tons of seals on the rocks and even a couple of passing whales. You must be careful on the cobble stone beach. If you don’t have good balance the it’s best to admire from afar. Definitely on my recommend list.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Fred S
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This is a lovely place to visit. Very pretty views and a wonderful rocky shoreline full of sea creatures. We traveled with our 9 & 10 year old grandsons and they loved it too. There are over a 100 steps down (and up) to the beach and no handicap access to the beach. Staff rangers were available for questions. There is also a nice climb to get a higher ocean view.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop
    We visited Yaquina Head while driving up the Oregon Coast. It costs a few dollars to get in but is well worth it. There are a number of view points to see the beautiful coast and some access points to the beach/water. There's also a nice visitor's center and museum. The lighthouse is the highlight. We were in time for the tour of the inside of the light, which was very interesting although climbing the tower isn't allowed. The grounds of the light are very well maintained and offered great views. We could see a couple of whales in the ocean. This was a great stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    A great spot to spend an afternoon, small fee to enter, a small hike to the lighthouse, they have tours every hr (in august) very informative by a history major , the grounds are a possibility for whale sightings. You can also trek down wooden stairs to a grey pebble beach which is scenic. A definite recommend stop on the coast line
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 30, 2023
  • William B
    Aurora, Colorado30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newport Yaquina Lighthouse
    We have a parks permit and it was good to see an old lighthouse still working. We wanted to go inside, but the top is 105 steps up and at 75, out of my range. We talked with the Park Ranger about this and the closed lighthouse on the south side of Newport. This is worth the time.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,962 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views and a really interesting cobble beach
    Came here with the kids as my wife used to live in the area. We had a good time walking from the visitor's center out to the lighthouse, but you can drive out there if you want. It is a great viewpoint for big, panoramic pictures of the coast. On the walk down, there are some stairs going down to the beach made from the large cliffs breaking down, so not your usual sand. It is a beach made of big, rounded cobblestones. Sized everything from golf balls to big softballs and you walk on them. it is quite a feeling to walk across something like a big stone ball pit (but if you have bad knees or hips, don't do it). It was a great experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 19, 2024
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Shelley M
Oro-Medonte, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place to go. Stunning scenery. Parking limited so could be busy in summer. The interactive centre was excellent. Highly recommend the trip!
Written March 24, 2024
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Came here with the kids as my wife used to live in the area. We had a good time walking from the visitor's center out to the lighthouse, but you can drive out there if you want. It is a great viewpoint for big, panoramic pictures of the coast. On the walk down, there are some stairs going down to the beach made from the large cliffs breaking down, so not your usual sand. It is a beach made of big, rounded cobblestones. Sized everything from golf balls to big softballs and you walk on them. it is quite a feeling to walk across something like a big stone ball pit (but if you have bad knees or hips, don't do it). It was a great experience.
Written March 19, 2024
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Mel L
Portland, OR260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Be sure to visit the surrounding areas and trails! From tide pools to trails. There is more to see than just the lighthouse. Interpretive center is well done and very informative. Great volunteer staff!
Written February 10, 2024
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We didn't get to spend a ton of time here as they were about to close for the day, our 3 kids were pretty wiped from the drive, and the weather had turned pretty cold and rainy, but I did want to point out there were some really nice view points from off the lighthouse area, and they accepted my military-America the Beautiful pass or some combination of the 2 for admission. I don't recall exactly, but I believe if you are a military veteran, admission is free, which is always a nice perk to be able to take advantage of.
Written January 16, 2024
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WDCUeberau
Phoenix, AZ66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Great ocean views with hiking trails, some trails leading down to the tidal pools. The The park staff is extremely helpful, friendly and informative. I would go back again.
Written January 7, 2024
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William B
Aurora, CO30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We have a parks permit and it was good to see an old lighthouse still working. We wanted to go inside, but the top is 105 steps up and at 75, out of my range. We talked with the Park Ranger about this and the closed lighthouse on the south side of Newport. This is worth the time.
Written November 13, 2023
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK828 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It is possible to park quite near the lighthouse. There are great views all around, from the high steep cliffs. We walked down steps to the beach, the tide was in so no rock pools, but there were interesting pebbles. There is a small visitors’ centre a few minutes drive away with informative displays about the lighthouse.
Written October 20, 2023
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A great spot to spend an afternoon, small fee to enter, a small hike to the lighthouse, they have tours every hr (in august) very informative by a history major , the grounds are a possibility for whale sightings. You can also trek down wooden stairs to a grey pebble
beach which is scenic. A definite recommend stop on the coast line
Written September 30, 2023
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Guy J
Elmira, OR70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Excellent! Cool to see the lighthouse, but on this visit we saw whales fairly close in. Even without the whale watching, it's a beautiful place and worth your time.
Written September 6, 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited Yaquina Head while driving up the Oregon Coast. It costs a few dollars to get in but is well worth it. There are a number of view points to see the beautiful coast and some access points to the beach/water. There's also a nice visitor's center and museum. The lighthouse is the highlight. We were in time for the tour of the inside of the light, which was very interesting although climbing the tower isn't allowed.

The grounds of the light are very well maintained and offered great views. We could see a couple of whales in the ocean.

This was a great stop.
Written September 5, 2023
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