Pigeon Point Lighthouse

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A quick pic of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in California.

Being one of the tallest lighthouses in the western area of the United States the Pigeon Point lighthouse, also known as Pigeon Point Station Light is one that should be seen at least once in your life. There are many reasons for making this trip to visit this light that are aside from the fact that it’s one of the tallest lighthouses having the same height as the Point Arena Lighthouse which is located in Point Arena, California.

The location of the Pigeon Point lighthouse is one of the main reasons there are 1,000s of visitors each year. Both being so close to highway 1 and the fact that it is between San Francisco and Santa Cruz makes the access to this light very easy. The lighthouse itself and the area around it have become a California state park, known as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. The rocky area on the shore of California also makes this location very picturesque as well.

Although this lighthouse was built in 1871, and the lantern was lit for the first time on the 15 of November, 1872… it is still used til this day to help guide and navigate ships out in the ocean. Along with its rich history the lighthouse is open to both visitors for the day, as well as those who would like to spend the night. It is well known in the area that this lighthouse has hostel accommodations with the 4 houses that are situated right next to the light. The hostel sleeps up to 50 people with bunk bed rooms for men and women. There are also living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms that are shared in each of the 4 houses.

If you are traveling and are looking for a place to stay, or you live in the area but are interested in spending the light at the end of the 35 foot cliff that this lighthouse and accommodations sit’s at, the Pigeon Point lighthouse is an excellent choice. There is a hot tub that can be rented that is situated outside for a very nice view. Keep in mind that if you are interested in visiting the lighthouse there are currently no tours of the lighthouse itself, and there haven’t been since late 2001 due to some damage to the outer area of the light. There were talks of raising money to restore and repair the needed areas, but at this time there is no ETA on that.

If you decide to make the trip to this lighthouse, be sure to bring a jacket or 2 because it can get pretty cold and windy in the area. If you are looking for a guided tour, they are available Friday – Sunday between the house of 10am & 4pm. Keep in mind that the tour is only of the grounds and not the actual lighthouse itself, as well as the fact that all tours are canceled on rainy days. Do not be surprised to see wildlife in the area like birds, seals, and on occasion (during their migration between January and April) grey whales out in the ocean. Be sure to view the images above and below of this lighthouse to get an idea of what you can see if and when you decide to visit.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hosting Nice Views For Tourists

A look at a few tourists enjoying the area and view at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.


Top Of The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A nice photo of a focused look at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.


Bright Lights At The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A doctored up photo of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse shining bright in the evening.


Ocean View From The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A good example of the type of views that can be enjoyed at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.


The Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel Living Room

A picture of the living room inside the Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel.


The Pigeon Point Lighthouse Kitchen

A picture of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel kitchen.


The Pigeon Point Lighthouse At Night

A look at what the Pigeon Point Lighthouse looks like once evening strikes.


A Hostel Bedroom At The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

A look at one of the bedrooms at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel.


  1. Salome Said,

    Good day
    Thanks for the info about the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. I bought a calender with pictures of 12 lighthouses, and my daughter made a painting of one of them. She chose this one. Then, I wanted a lighthouse to set as background on my computer, and chose this one. I didn’t know it was the same one my daughter painted, until she told me. It really must have made an impression on both of us. Wish I could see it in person, but living so far away, I will have to be satisfied with pictures of it.

Add A Comment