Notices and Upcoming Events

For a complete list of scheduled lens tours, see our events page. A lens tour is a real treat, but they are scheduled only 8 days a year.

Are you coming to the Lighthouse? Consider staying overnight at the Light Station. See our rental units. Some units are pet friendly.

2017 Training Sessions

2017 Training Sessions
The Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. You may volunteer in the 1909 Lighthouse, help with Whale Festival (March 4-5 and 18-19), lead tours of the 300-acre State[... see full page]

Whale Festival, March 2017

Whale Festival, March 2017
Point Cabrillo Light Station joins in the Mendocino coast celebration of Whale Festival the weekends of March 4-5 and March 18-19, 2017. The point is a marvelous spot for watching the annual migration of gray whales.[... see full page]

Gray Whale Migration

Gray Whale Migration
The eastern Pacific grey whales pass by Point Cabrillo twice, on their southward journey from mid-December into February, and again going north between February and mid-May. They do not migrate simultaneously, and not all the[... see full page]

May Lens Tour

May Lens Tour
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 we offer tours of the brilliant 3rd order Fresnel lens.   With luck, we will also see the last of the grey whales migrating north, possibly including some mother-calf slowpokes. This is[... see full page]


This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. Note: there is parking for disabled persons in front of and behind the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (the first residence) at the bottom of the hill.

There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk.

As you stroll down this road, the Point Cabrillo Light Station is arrayed before you. The Light Station includes:

  • our Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens
  • three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first house is a period museum of a lightkeeper’s house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes
  • the restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop, which houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium
  • three restored storage buildings behind the residences; two of these have been converted to lovely vacation rental cottages, the other is a public restroom

The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round. The State Historic Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily.

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