Cape Perpetua Visitor Center


view of pacific ocean from cape perpetua visitor center The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center has a phenomenal view of the ocean from inside, and from the wheel-chair accessible deck. Open seven days a week most of the year, a variety of short movies are shown in the theatre, and Center staff can answer questions and help you plan your trip.  Interpretive programs and guided walks are available in the summer.   

A Discover Your Northwest bookstore sells books, postcards, and a variety of unique souveniers.

Visitor Center Activities

Daily programs and activities offered at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center include films and guided hikes.

  • Call the Visitor Center for schedule of ranger led programs.
  • All activities are free, but a valid federal recreation pass is needed or can be purchased at the Center  

Contact the Visitor Center for details on programs (541.547.3289)

Winter Fun Series

Join us at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on Saturdays for short nature talks and/or walks. 

  • Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m.
    • Joy Primrose will present “All in Our Backyard: Oregon Cetaceans,” an introduction to the whales, dolphins, and porpoises found in Oregon’s cold temperate waters, including species likely to be seen from shore.  
  • Saturday, February 14:
    • Fawn Custer of CoastWatch will lead a rocky shores hike to explore the impacts of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 4:30 pm and walk down to the tidepools located in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.
    • After the walk, snacks will be served in Visitor Center followed by the 6:30 pm presentation, “Estuaries Rising? Climate change and salmon in the Oregon Coast Range” by Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft.
  • Saturday, February 21 at 1 p.m.
    • Forest Service archaeologist Kevin Bruce will give a presentation on shell midden sites at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and lead a guided tour afterwards. Evidence of thousands of years of human use can observed in multiple archaeological sites located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.  
  • Details about the February programs

Check with the Visitor Center the week of your visit to see what speakers and/or guided hikes are going on. 


photo showing ocean spray at Devils Churn tidepool visitors

Would you like to volunteer at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center? Find out more from our Volunteer page.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Winter Hours (November - March):
  • 10 am to 4:00 pm - Friday - Tuesday
    Visitor Center closed Wednesday & Thursday. 

    All trails & viewpoints remain open for daytime use, even when the visitor center is closed. 
  • Winter Whale Watch Week - December 27 - 31, 2013
    Special Hours:
    • Open Wednesday, December 31.
    • Closed December 25 & 26. 
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
Closest Towns: Yachats, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Operated By: Siuslaw National Forest
Information Center: Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

General Information


Located two miles south of Yachats, OR on Highway 101 or 11 miles south of Waldport, OR on Highway 101. Access is also available from the Neptune State Park.

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