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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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A peaceful place to reflect

We did not go on a tour of the inside, however I am hoping that when we come back that we can. We looked out to the ocean on the rocks just to the side of the lighthouse and were... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not go on a tour of the inside, however I am hoping that when we come back that we can. We looked out to the ocean on the rocks just to the side of the lighthouse and were able to watch a bald eagle, it was so beautiful. The landscape was so picturesque and the tidepools are just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a cold rainy day, but were glad we stopped. Coats $5 to get into the park, unless you have the pass. Good walking trails and interesting information posted throughout.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots to see here, depending on the season. History, animals, the sea. We hit a sunny day but I suspect storms would be awesome, too. Lots of hiking trails, too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The view from this lighthouse is amazing. A destination spot for sure. Great picture taking opportunity, for all sorts of items. This coast line is awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really worth the walk down to the rocks--birds and mammals always interesting, great waves, unique for Newport.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The name of this place includes "outstanding" for a reason. The tide pools teem with life, much of which you can touch, and the views are spectacular. Note the lighthouse is only open to guided tours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 a unique experience for me. The lighthouse is picturesque and its history very interesting. One... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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