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. 
  • Cape Perpetua Land/Sea Symposium
    Friday, November 21 at the Yachats Commons at 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.
    • Enjoy an evening of research, restoration, and monitoring in this special area and a social mixer to get better connected. The Keynote Speaker will be Jim Furnish, who served as Deputy Chief of the Forest Service and Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest. There will be other presentations as well.
    • The event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland and Surfrider Foundation.
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  • Check with the Visitor Center the week of your visit to see what speakers and/or guided hikes are going on. 

Artist in Residence Program

During the summer of 2014 volunteer artist in residence, Margie Lopez-Read, showcased and invited others to enjoy en plein air art for all ages and backgrounds.

Look for more programs in the future

Summer Field Ranger Programs

  • EcoTreks at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes
    • Saturdays through the summer
  • Join Field Rangers at various locations during the summer.
    • Contact the Visitor Center for details and locations or to request a  program. 


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 - starting October 26:
  • 10 am to 4:00 pm - Friday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday & Thursday)
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: Visitor Center address and phone number

General Information


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

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