Pigeon Point Light Station, Pescadero

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Temporary Closures

The lighthouse is currently closed to the public, but the grounds remain open. In December 2001, a section of the cornice on the exterior of the lighthouse fell off. The lighthouse will remain closed until the structure can be restored. The lighthouse may still be viewed from the grounds. For current updates, call the park hotline at 650-879-2120.

Location/Directions

The park is located along California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 27 miles north of Santa Cruz. You can't miss the 115 foot tower just west of the highway.

Seasons/Climate

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended..

Hostels

The lighthouse keeper's housing is restored and operated as a Hostel.

The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The intertidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station, contains a diverse and numerous variety of plant and animal life.

From the boardwalk behind the fog signal building, watch for gray whales on their annual migration between January and April. Walk through the tidepool area, 100 yards north of Pigeon Point.
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  • Beautiful views - historical area. But you cant go into the lighthouse as it is decaying. And nothing open - no visitors center - no chance to see the Fresnal Lens. Very windy - but breath taking... 
    Beautiful views - historical area. But you cant go into the lighthouse as it is decaying. And nothing open - no visitors center - no chance to see the Fresnal Lens. Very windy - but breath taking...  more »
  • Stopped at this lighthouse while traveling on the coastal highway. The views from the spot are simply breathtaking. There is small history room and visitor center as well as a hostel. Would love to... 
    Stopped at this lighthouse while traveling on the coastal highway. The views from the spot are simply breathtaking. There is small history room and visitor center as well as a hostel. Would love to...  more »

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