Newport, Oregon – During this holiday season, the Bureau of Land Management invites visitors to enjoy storm watching, whale watching, hiking, exploring exhibits in the Interpretive Center or touring the historic lighthouse at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
Guided tours of Yaquina Head Lighthouse will be conducted daily, Friday through Tuesday, at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sign up at the Interpretive Center the day of the tour.
Whale Watch Week is December 27-31. Trained observers will be on hand at Yaquina Head from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help visitors spot the migrating gray whales.
During storms, watch the sea-foam whirlwinds at Quarry Cove and view the big breakers rolling in. Remember to stay back from the surf and keep an eye out for sneaker waves.
On sunny days, Yaquina Head’s hiking trails and viewpoints will be prime places for a stunning panorama of the ocean and coastline. The tidepools at Cobble Beach offer another sunny day option.
The park entrance fee is $7.00/vehicle for a 3-Day Pass. Other passes accepted and issued at Yaquina include the Oregon Pacific Coast Passport 5-Day and Annul Passes, and the Federal Annual, Senior/Golden Age, Military, Access, Volunteer and Every Kid in a Park Passes. During the month of December, visitors receive a $5 discount on the Oregon Pacific Coast Passport Annual Pass. Consider buying a pass for yourself or for a gift that lasts all year. Passes can be purchased from the friendly rangers at the Interpretive Center.
The Interpretive Center will be open daily 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). All other areas of the park will be open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week (including Christmas and New Years Day). For more information about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area contact the BLM at (541) 574-3100. Additional info is available at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina