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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Beautiful!

Great learning experience for kids. If you like to hike, this is a good place to go. Pets are... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
YarnAddict219
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Omaha, Nebraska
Favorite Spot on the Coast - Must Visit

Love this place and well worth the entrance fee if you don't have the national parks pass. In... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
hotelreviewer333
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Beaverton, Oregon
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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
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Great learning experience for kids. If you like to hike, this is a good place to go. Pets are welcome everywhere except near the lighthouse due to the rookery.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Love this place and well worth the entrance fee if you don't have the national parks pass. In summer the wildflowers are prolific, and any time of year the lighthouse is stunning and the surf pounding. Outstanding for photography as well.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is great place to explore a lighthouse or the tide pools or even take a hike. Rangers are frequently available to answer questions and help out. Great for kids and and alike.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

I feel like one should not visit Newport without stopping into Yaquina head. Walk down to the tide pools to get a better look at the lighthouse from down below. Family friendly and a great spot for photographs!

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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

High Points Beautiful view that is uniquely Oregon Excellent information center especially good in bad weather Good parking access Signage explains history of what you are seeing Low Points $7 fee seems high if you only plan to drive through the park 9 of 10

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Cobble Beach, Yaquina Lighthouse, Interpretive Center. Bonus= eagle, cormorant, seals in the cove! Lovely walk up the hill to the lighthouse.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We had a delightful tour of this still functioning lighthouse on the Oregon coast. Our BLM ranger was extremely knowledgeable about the history and you can climb the 114 metal stairs to the top. The Natural interpretive center is also very good. I highly recommend...More

Thank Kathryn M
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

There are many things to do at this park. You can go down to the tide pools and see all kind of ocean creatures in their native habitat. Just remember, don't touch them or disturb them. Then you can go to the lighthouse and climb...More

Thank stevenbZ1567QX
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

It was a very sunny day and it made for a great visit to light house and the park area.Lots to look at and many hikes to enjoy

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

One of our favorite lighthouses and we live near several on Cape Cod. Stop in the visitors center to talk with terrific volunteers and see an excellent exhibit/film about the history of this historic structure. There is a $7.00 entry fee per car. Worth it!...More

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gsaljeff
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Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
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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
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