The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center 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
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center offers ranger-led programs throughout the year, including winter and spring whale watch events. Contact the Visitor Center for details on ranger-led programs 541-547-3289. You can also check our news and events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
During the summer Field Rangers lead guided hikes and offer family-friendly programs at various locations.
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
HOLIDAY HOURS: December 24 - Closing at 1:00pm, December 25 – Closed, January 1 - Closed.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week*. Trails and viewpoints remain open dawn to dusk, even when the visitor center is closed. *May be closed on some federal holidays, or during severe weather events. Please call 541-547-3289 to confirm.
Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean
Staffed year round; guided hikes; displays
Interpretive programs including short movies, presentations, and guided hikes are available. Contact the Visitor Center for details on ranger-led programs and daily updates at (541) 547-3289 or check our Facebook page for events.
Interpretative programs in the summer include themed hikes on some of the more scenic and popular trails. Programs continue throughout the winter including mushroom identification and bird watching.
Mark your calendars for Whale Watch Weeks! Winter: Tuesday, December 27th through Saturday, December 31st 2016 and Spring: Saturday, March 25th through Friday, March 31st 2017.
Tidepool Discovery Days
During summer weekends with especially low tides, naturalists are at the tidepools to share the wonders of the tidepools and the life forms that inhabit them.
Beach Access Limited to Protect Snowy Plovers March 15 - Sept 15
Certain beaches near snowy plover nesting areas have restrictions in place March 15 - September 15. In these areas, dry sand beach is CLOSED to entry. Within most plover nesting areas, dogs, kites, motorized vehicles, and non-motorized vehicles are prohibited in both dry and wet sand beach.
Find geo-referenced PDFs on our mobile friendly trail map download page