Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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 interpretive center features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of an historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island and its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern. All BLM exhibits and interpretive specialists deliver the rich history of Yaquina Head.  

Park Grounds

  • Monday - Friday gate opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday gate opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

Interpretive Center

  • Hours 10-4.


  • The Lighthouse is open for ranger-led tours only. Please click here for important tour information.

Call 541-574-3100 for the most up-to-date information.

Yaquina Head is located on the central coast of Oregon at the north end of Newport.

Newport is located 55 miles west of Corvallis on the central Oregon coast. Take Hwy. 20 to U.S. Hwy. 101 to Newport. Turn right onto Hwy. 101 and proceed north 4.5 miles to Lighthouse Drive and turn left to enter Yaquina Head.

Driving from the north on Hwy. 101, turn right onto Lighthouse Drive approximately 0.5 mile south of the Newport city limit sign.

There are signs on the highway and at the stop light at the intersection of Hwy. 101 and Lighthouse Drive to help direct you to Yaquina Head.

Yaquina Head honors and issues all America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes (senior, annual, military, access, volunteer and 4th grade). Yaquina Head also honors and issues Oregon Pacific Coast passes. For a complete list of fees and the annual and lifetime passes accepted at Yaquina Head, click here

Fee/pass Cost Length
Personal passenger vehicle $7 3 days
Annual Yaquina Head $15 12 months
Motorcycle $3 3 days
Bicyclist, walker free 1 day
Commercial van, < 21 passenger capacity $25 1 day
Commercial bus >21 passenger capacity $50 1 day

Call 541-574-3100 for the most up-to-date information.

Programs: National Conservation Lands: Similarly Designated Area: Oregon Yaquina Head Slideshow

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