Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport: Address, Phone Number, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Tami C
Tacoma, Washington, United States13 contributions
Apr 2022
Staff was extremely helpful and the exhibits were really interesting and well curated. I loved watching the movie about the lighthouse as well.
Written 23 April 2022
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Patpett
Portland, OR184 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Don’t miss this wonderful place!
The scenery is outstanding!
This lighthouse is kept in pristine condition and makes for some wonderful pictures!!
Written 17 April 2022
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skopi
Cincinnati, OH140 contributions
Mar 2022
It is a nice scenic view but you cannot go in the lighthouse as of March 2022. We did see 3 sea lions from the lighthouse view down on Cobble Beach.

Nice little indoor museum with gift shop.
Went down to the Quarry Cove also. Another nice view down there.
Written 28 March 2022
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Mark T
Hillsboro, OR2,452 contributions
Mar 2022
the wife and I stopped in briefly as we were staying in Newport. the admittance fee for the area was $7 per car but can be used for 3 days. the views are spectacular. Admission to the interpretive center is included in the admission fee. the center gives you a nice history of the lighthouse and the sea life in the area
Written 14 March 2022
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Yvonne & Jim
2 contributions
Feb 2022
The lighthouse was closed when we visited but I noticed there's a new short hike taking off from the parking lot. Superb views from the top of the hill, on a sunny day of course.
Written 4 February 2022
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wethiker
Naples118 contributions
Dec 2021
You get a three day pass when you pay at the park entrance. We went back again. The pebble beach at the north side of the lighthouse is very scenic and the walk above the lighthouse offers a nice photo opportunity.
Written 16 December 2021
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nstrang
Long Beach, CA7 contributions
Nov 2021
Very accessible site with lots of hiking trails, nature, and history. Well staffed by very friendly volunteers. Easy place to spot seals, sea lions, birds in a very quiet and unassuming location.
Written 28 November 2021
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Monica N
Seattle, WA183 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Fun little walk to the lighthouse! Super windy but so much fun to hear how the wind howls through the rocks. There’s a little access to walk down to the beach. Pretty dark black rocks and sand. Really enjoyed this visit!
Written 5 October 2021
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FandFH
Albuquerque, NM53 contributions
Sep 2021
We stopped by on a Sunday morning and even though a week after labor day, the ocean level parking area was packed. We drove up to the top of the hill (heading south on 101) and got the often photographed shot of the light house.
Written 19 September 2021
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Tom I
Rochester, WA309 contributions
Sep 2021
You will want to start at the information center, I enjoy learning.
Next we went to check out the lighthouse - and it is spectacular! Next take at least one of the hikes.
You will love them.
Written 16 September 2021
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