Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
a panoramic view from the deck of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, in the heart of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area has a phenomenal view of the ocean from inside, and from the wheelchair accessible deck. Open seven days a week most of the year, the visitor center staff can answer questions and help you plan your trip. Daily interpretive programs including short movies and guided hikes are available in the summer. A Discover Your Northwest bookstore sells books, postcards, and a variety of unique souvenirs.

Visitor Center Activities

The area offers lots of great activities and adventures for families, including a mobile app to help explore the coastal forest, junior ranger programs, and more. Ranger-led programs and guided walks are available throughout the year, including winter and spring whale watch events. Be sure to check our news and events page frequently and like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications of programs and events throughout the year, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.

Summer 2018 Ranger Programs

Mondays beginning May 28: “Walk with a Ranger” series invites visitors on guided approximately hour-long hikes on easy to moderate trails starting from the visitor center. Learn secrets of the cape and local flora and fauna from a retired chief park ranger; through summer; 12pm.

Weekends beginning June 9: Each Saturday and Sunday through summer join us for ranger programs and guided hikes at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes; 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (call visitor center for details).

Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 15: Going camping with the family? Kids will be excited about Junior Ranger evening programs being offered at various campgrounds along the Central Coast (call visitor center for times and locations; throughout summer).

photo showing ocean spray at Devils Churn tidepool visitors


Cape Perpetua Scenic Area offers 26 miles of trail, many starting from the Visitor Center. Trails feature old-growth forests, Native American shell middens, the Devil’s Churn, tidepools and stunning views. Download a trail guide here.

A link that takes you to a Cape Perpetua trail guide

The visitor center runs on volunteer power!

If you would you like to volunteer at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center find out more from our volunteer page.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Visitor Center Hours*
10:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week
Starting May 26, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center be open 10:00am to 5:00pm 7 days a week Trails and viewpoints remain open dawn to dusk, even when the visitor center is closed.
*Visitor Center may be closed on federal holidays, or during severe weather events. Call 541-547-3289 to confirm.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass
Usage: Heavy
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

General Information


Located two miles south of Yachats, OR on Highway 101 or 11 miles south of Waldport, OR on Highway 101.


 Wheelchair accessible deck.

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