The Point Arena Lighthouse is closed to visitors until at least June 8, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place (SIP) order from Mendocino County, and out of concern for our staff and guests.  

20150929_142742Once we reopen we hope that you will be able to come climb  115 feet up the 145 steps from the ground, up the spiral staircase with four landings to the top of the tallest Lighthouse on the West Coast that is open to the public to climb.*  At the top guests are greeted by breathtaking 360 degree views as well as a Tour Guide who leads an interactive session about the geography surrounding the lighthouse, the ocean topography, sea life and more.

To20150817_150208urs of the Lighthouse are offered daily. Lighthouse Tour Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children 5-11 years, under 5 free and includes admission to the Museum, a Tower Tour and access to our 23 acres of trails and grounds.  (PLEASE NOTE:  The last Tower Tour is at 3:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day).  The grounds, Museum and Gift Store are open until 3:30 p.m.

We also offer special group rates for tours of the Museum & Lighthouse Tower if you want to include a stop at the Lighthouse as part of a visit to the spectacular Mendocino coast.  For more information on our group rates, please contact us at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or by e-mail at

Point Arena Lighthouse 1870

Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Carpenter Shop (present day)

* The Pigeon Point Lighthouse equals the height of the Point Arena Lighthouse, but is not open to the public for a “climb to the top.” The original Point Arena Lighthouse was the twin of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, but it was irreparably damaged in the 1906 earthquake and replaced by the current tower that was completed in 1908.

Lighthouse Tower Virtual Tour

To give you a taste of what it is like to climb the tallest Lighthouse on the Pacific coast our Tour Guide Mike Chandler created this amazing 3-D tour of the Tower from the ground floor to the Lantern Room at the top.  Click on the Play button to climb to the top of the Tower from the entry, or click on the Explore 3D Space icon to click into any spot in the Tower and be taken there instantly.  Mike is the owner of Third Eye Visuals, a photography and video company that utilizes cutting edge photography techniques and technology to capture and display the any event or location in this most unique way.  Our thanks to Mike for creating this unique way for you to virtually explore the Lighthouse!

Point Arena Lighthouse Full Moon Night Tours!

Timothy S. Allen Photography

Come experience a spectacular night time view from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower, and if the weather cooperates it will be illuminated by the full moon! Our docents and guides will help you experience what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper and climb the Tower at night.  They will guide you on your journey into the past and explain the unique history of this historic landmark, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Champagne, sparkling  juice and snacks will be served as part of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience!

Night Tours  are scheduled on every full moon, with extra  weekend tours added when the full moon falls within a day of Friday or Saturday. All proceeds go toward the support and maintenance of  Lighthouse Tower, Museum and grounds. Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. thank you for your generous support.  Individual tickets are $30 each or $25 each for two or more.   

Reservations must be made by phone at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 or in person no later than 3:30 p.m. three (3) days before the date of the event.

Cancellation policy: No refunds given if you cancel your reservation three days or less before the event. Tours are limited to a minimum of eight and a maximum of twenty people, and will be cancelled if less than eight sign up. You will receive a full refund if the event is cancelled.  Please call our Reservation Desk at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 three days prior to the tour to confirm the event is happening as scheduled.