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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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Just beautiful

Second time that I have been in Oregon and it is beautiful. Awesome views! Great views of the birds!

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A TripAdvisor Member
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Nice to visit

Was very windy, but the tour and interpretive center were great. Tour guide was dressed in period... read more

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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 yesterday via mobile

Second time that I have been in Oregon and it is beautiful. Awesome views! Great views of the birds!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was very windy, but the tour and interpretive center were great. Tour guide was dressed in period clothing and very knowledgeable. You get to climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. Worth the stop.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped here for a view of the lighthouse. Very cool. Don't need to hike in to see it so it doesn't take too long to stop.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Oregon Coast is outstanding to see this beautiful lighthouse. It can be foggy, so beware and plan accordingly. We we're lucky!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

At low tide you can see harbor seals on the rocks so take your binoculars for a close-up view. The tidal pools are not as full of interesting creatures as those at Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, but I did find purple sea urchins....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

if you've seen one light house you've seen them all. it was a very pretty view but honestly that's about it. Nothing other than a white lighthouse sitting on rocks on a point jutting in to the Pacific. Glad we saw it, took the necessary...More

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Specialist at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to leave a response. I hope you can return someday to enjoy everything else the Park has to offer that makes it much more than just a lighthouse. 3 miles of hiking trails, Interpretive Center with gift shop, wildlife viewing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lighthouse is a fascinating reminder of a technology from years gone by that continues to be important today. Make reservations in advance of your visit and you’ll be glad you made the time to visit this treasure on the Oregon coast.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited every section of this park, enjoying the different views each offered. From every viewpoint we could see whale spouts. Other wildlife included Harbor Seals, adult and juvenile, Turkey Vultures, Crows, Common Murre, Cormorants, two species of Swallow, several species of...More

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YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Specialist at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the review! Sounds like you got to experience many aspects of the park, so glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the Newport area, this is a must-do place. There are interesting things for all ages. The visitor center is well designed and staffed with knowledgeable folks. Short hikes lead you to the beach and tide pools or up two hills for...More

Thank Clark A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see wildlife, see historic buildings, get some good exercise. We saw a gray whale, great vistas, tide pools teaming with life (make sure you know when low tide is), bird rookeries, and some falcons on a cliff (a gentleman...More

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gsaljeff
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
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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