Yaquina Head is a fantastic stop, especially to explore the tide pools at low tide. We didn’t walk over to the lighthouse, but we got pretty close. We wanted to spend most of our time down on Cobble beach exploring because it was low tide.
We were a little worried about taking our trailer to the top where the lighthouse is, but there is a big turnaround and RV/trailer parking! There are a lot of stairs that lead down to Cobble Beach from the parking area – so be ready for that. There are a lot of places to stop and rest if needed and to stop and soak up the amazing views!
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon!
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.https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/yaquina
Cobble Beach is a protected marine garden. During low tide you can talk to one of the workers, get a paper and explore the area carefully looking for all the different kinds of life that live in the tide pools. You can find the tide pool discovery times here, and learn more about what to expect.
Yaquina Head Interpretive Center
There is also an interpretive center you can stop at that is filled with information and is a great place to learn more about Yaquina Head.
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.https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/yaquina
We had so much fun here. The kids had a blast walking around finding all of the sea creatures on the list and learning more about the area. There were seals and sea lions on the rocks sun bathing and beautiful birds. If you haven’t been here yet, put this on your list of places to visit! It really is amazing.
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Roadtrip down Highway 101
Planning a trip? Be sure to check out our other stops on our trip from Utah into Washington and down Highway 101:
- Snoqualmie Falls Washington
- Top 5 Favorite Things to Do at the Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort
- Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort Review
- Lodgepole Campground in Washington
- Grove of the Patriarchs
- Narada Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park
- How to spend 1 day at Mt. Rainier
- Salt Creek Recreation Area
- Cape Flattery Trail Hike
- Shi Shi Beach Trail Hike
- Klahowya Campground in Port Angeles, WA
- Ruby Beach in Forks, WA
- Kalaloch Beach (Tree of Life)
- Quinault Rain Forest in Washington
- Ape Caves Washington (Lava Tubes)
- Multnomah Falls in Oregon
- Astoria Column in Oregon
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
- Port of Garibaldi in Oregon
- Cape Meares (Octopus Tree) Oregon
- Netarts Bay in Oregon
- Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area
- Hug Point State Recreation Site Oregon
- ORPD Whale Watching Center in Oregon