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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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WHALES!!!!!

What a great place. We decided to visit and all we thought we would see would be the lighthouse and some views. We were so surprised to see whales, seals, and birds. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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Heber City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

What a great place. We decided to visit and all we thought we would see would be the lighthouse and some views. We were so surprised to see whales, seals, and birds. The cobblestone beach is amazing also. A great stop to stretch your legs an catch some natural beauty. I also love lighthouses !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

the view from the area surrounding the lighthouse was amazing. it was chilly and windy, and we opted not to wait for scheduled tours to top of lighthouse. But we saw,beautiful coastline, bird covered rocks everwhere, harbor seals sunnThing, and a whale! (Was happy to have brought small binoculars on this trip!)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Enjoyed walking around and looking at the views. Did not tour it because it was quite crowded that day.

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This was one of our favorite stops on our trip down the coast. It is a very small park but If I remember right this is a National Federal reserve so we were able to get in for free using our National Parks pass. The first turn off takes you down to a parking lot where you can walk down... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Don't miss this. It's a wonderful sight for wide views, tide pools, lighthouse tour and sea lion and seal viewing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is a pay for view. The interpretive center was very interesting, with movies and pictures to illistrate the history of the site. high traffic area parking can be hard to find but lots of people take the shot and leave.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

if you have a 4th grader, make sure you sign them up for the 4th grade in a national park free pass. This was beautiful lighthouse and surrounding areas. Get there early to get on the tour list or sign up online...we didn't get a chance to tour the lighthouse. We did visit the Cobblestone beach which was a total... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We visited the lighthouse and took the guided tour. We has to sign up in advance for the guided tour but it was worth it. We got to climb to the top of the light house. The views were great. We also watched several Gray whales just off shore. This was a great family outing.

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Victorville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped by the light house on vacation in Newport, Oregon. Was a little disappointed that the fee was 7 dollars but holy cow what an amazing place!! The light house itself was beautiful. You also get to explore the tide pools, watch the sea lions lay on the rocks, and watch whales swim along the beautiful Oregon coast. I thought... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful area, fantastic lighthouse, interesting visitor center We arrived at noon. No tours available for the rest of the day, all filled up $7.00 entry fee seems steep to learn that we can't pay extra to get a tour

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