Heceta Head and Vicinity

Named for the Spanish explorer, Bruno de Heceta (pronounced Ha-SEE-ta), this area is popular for one of the coast’s most picturesque lighthouses. The light was built in 1894 as part of the larger effort along the coast to provide better, safer navigation for ships at sea. One of the best views of the lighthouse is from the large turnout along Highway 101 to the south in the Devil’s Elbow State Park. The old keeper’s house, a beautiful white cottage located below and to the southeast of the light, is now a popular bed and breakfast.

  • Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site

    Category: General Article

    This small wayside at the edge of Highway 101 offers picturesque beaches and dunes and a prime location for whale watching.

  • Heceta Head and Devil’s Elbow

    Category: General Article

    Positioned in a lonely but tranquil setting far above the Pacific Ocean, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed places on the Oregon Coast.

  • Heceta y Dudagoitia, Bruno de

    Category: Science Tool

    Many areas throughout the Pacific Northwest still bear the name of this skilled Spanish explorer who sailed the coastline in 1775.