Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

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began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Make Point Cabrillo Light Station a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino travel tool.
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  • What a fabulous place and so much more than we expected. This well maintained / rehabbed place has a gorgeous location with stunning little inlets around it, a nice trail to walk to get to it... 
    What a fabulous place and so much more than we expected. This well maintained / rehabbed place has a gorgeous location with stunning little inlets around it, a nice trail to walk to get to it...  more »
  • Unless you are staying onsite or have a handicap placard, it’s a long hilly walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Once there you’ll find historical info, a gift shop and the ability to see the....  more
    Unless you are staying onsite or have a handicap placard, it’s a long hilly walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Once there you’ll find historical info, a gift shop and the ability to see the....  more »
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  • Beautiful, ready hike out to the lighthouse and further trails along nearby bluffs. Great educational displays at the lighthouse and a nice aquarium tank. Well worth a visit!
  • This area is stunning! I'm glad I saw it on tiktok and decided to visit. The views of the water/cliffs are so gorgeous. The lighthouse itself is amazing to look at. My favorite part were the harbor seals that we saw playing in the cove. It was an amazing experience!!!

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