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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  • Its a half mile hike from the parking lot to the Lighthouse. We recommend taking the north trail as it is more interesting then walking along the road leading to the lighthouse. You get to see more of...  more »
  • You have to walk about half a mile to this site unless you are disabled or staying at the holiday cottages. Pretty spot with some history attached. Nothing to do. Nice little shop. That's about it.  more »
  • This lighthouse is one of the few still having its original lens, as they are damaged, they are being replaced with LED's. Once you make the walk, wear comfortable shoes from the parking lot out to th...  more »
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  • Easy to get too and, it wasn't very crowded on a Monday. There is free parking even a charging station for EV Vehicles which is nice. There are questionnaires about wild animals on the right when you're going to the lighthouse, and it's a short half mile walk with benches on the side if you get tired going back up. Well I house is small and quaint but beautiful and simple and there are stunning views behind it.
  • The lighthouse is pretty cool, if not a little busy from other tourists stopping by to see it. They have lots of stories and historic facts on the walls as well as your typical tourist-y goods for sale. Of course, the scenery alone can’t be beat. We just sat outside on the benches for about an hour watching the people and the waves. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Nice 1/2 mile walk from parking lot. There are a few parking spots nearer the lighthouse. Small, 2 story operating lighthouse. $5 for adults. Beautiful shoreline surrounding lighthouse.
  • A beautiful natural delight with grand vistas and cute squirrels. The old light house houses a small museum and helpful staff working as volunteers to keep the place open to the public. A short walk to get to the light house from the parking (approx 500 m). Worth a visit if you're in the Mendocino area!
  • Stopped here for a quick look. There is a good walk down to the lighthouse so be prepared with some good shoes. There is a little museum and store so bring your cash if you want to get something. They had some very cute items. But left ours behind. Worth the stop even though it was cloudy that day, it is still beautiful .
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