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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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The tidepools are awesome - make sure to hit them at low tide and you can walk out for yards and see lots of interesting little animals.

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The tidepools are awesome - make sure to hit them at low tide and you can walk out for yards and see lots of interesting little animals.

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One day after a nice breakfast we drove down to look around it very nice with a way to the beach great to watch sealions

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Beautiful even in the rain! Not a difficult walk up, but I think you can park at the top! Nice side trip!

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The young lady who gave the tour was fantastic! She was lively and made the tour extremely interesting with her vast knowledge. There are a lot of stairs but doable even for me (I have a bad back) The lighthouse was one of the best I've been to and I've seen a lot of them! I highly recommend s tour.... More 

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Ruch, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful area but make sure you hold onto your hats because the wind almost always blows hard up here. Well done interpretive center, some hiking trails and plenty of parking.

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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful lighthouse was closed when we visited due to the off-season time of year. However, we were still able to park our car and walk around the gorgeous grounds of this spectacular Oregon Coast attraction. Don't miss Yaquina Head!

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this is a light house perched high on a cliff. if you want to pay you can go up inside it to take great pictures. The ocean, seals, and tidepools make this a must see.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying in Newport for a few days and bought the ticket into this great jewel in the National Park System. Pass was $ 7.00 and was good for three days which was nice as the weather the first day precluded a walk around which I did on days 2 and 3. Great interpretive center.

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This is a great place to visit. Costs $7 for a regular sized car to enter. Has a great path to walk down to the shore, Pebble Beach. The one bummer was the tours were closed the week we were there. Otherwise you normally get to go inside the lighthouse.

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This is a very nice area with plenty of interesting things to do, aim to spend a couple of hours, even with bad weather

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