Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

a panoramic view from the deck of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

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. Check our Cape Perpetua events page, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.

Field Ranger Programs: Starting June 7, 2017 ranger-led programs will be available most days at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. Guided hikes are available every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Beginning June 16, Jr. Ranger evening programs will be held each Friday and Saturday at different locations throughout the Oregon Dunes from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Programs will continue through August.

photo showing ocean spray at Devils Churn tidepool visitors

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: 9:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days a week. Trails and viewpoints remain open dawn to dusk, even when the visitor center is closed. *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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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Interpretive Areas

Staffed year round; guided hikes; displays

Visitor Programs

Interpretive programs including short movies, presentations, and guided hikes. Check our Cape Perpetua events page, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-547-3289.

Interpretative programs in the summer include themed hikes on the most scenic popular trails, ranger-led interpretive talks, and Jr. ranger evening programs from June through August. Other programs continue throughout the winter including mushroom identification and bird watching. 

Whale Watching

Mark your calendars for Whale Watch Weeks! Winter and Spring Whale Watch weeks will be announced soon for the 2017-18 season!

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. 


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