Point Arena Lighthouse stands 115 feet tall and has an original First Order Fresnel lens that operates 24 hours a day as an active Federal Aid to Navigation. It is the only Pacific West Coast lighthouse of significant height that visitors can climb to the top. Daily guided and self-guided tours of the lighthouse and its grounds are available.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Originally built in 1870, the Point Arena Lighthouse was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. The new structure opened two years later and still signals to those out at sea.
  • The tower stands 115 feet high and is one of the only Pacific coast lighthouses of significant height that you can actually climb.
  • The lighthouse is open daily. If you want to stay around longer, book a night in one of the keeper's residences (see the hotels section for Manchester State Park).
Take a guided tour of the light station or explore the grounds on your own.

45500 Lighthouse Rd.
Point Arena, California 95468
Parking: March through October: Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 707-882-2777
Fax: 707-882-2111
Email: palight@mcn.org
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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