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Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Contact Information

(650) 879-2120

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8:00 am to Sunset

Driving Directions to Pigeon Point Light Station SHP

On California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 27 miles north of Santa Cruz.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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Upcoming Park Events

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Volunteer Positions Available at San Mateo Coast State Parks

California State Parks is seeking enthusiastic new volunteers interested in helping parks in the San Mateo Coast Sector. Recruiting is currently occurring at Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Burleigh Murray Ranch and McNee Ranch Montara State Beach.  Volunteers may choose to help in one or more of the parks.  The sector also has a special need for volunteers to present programs for school groups in the parks and at the local schools on weekdays.

If you love lighthouses, the ocean, and the beautiful San Mateo coast, you'll love serving as a volunteer docent/keeper at Pigeon Point Light Station. Each year, Pigeon Point receives over 200,000 visitors from around the world at this historically rich site. Lighthouse volunteers can contribute in several ways:  Conduct tours of the lighthouse grounds to share the natural and cultural history of Pigeon Point, answer visitors’ questions about the lighthouse tower and its history, operate the lighthouse bookstore, lead a shore-based whale-watching program in the spring, help with the Annual Lighthouse Anniversary Celebration, or work on preservation and maintenance projects, including native plant restoration.

New volunteers will participate in a series of training sessions scheduled for Saturdays. The first training session of the series will begin on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Half Moon Bay State Beach Ranger Station located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. If you are interested in volunteering primarily at Montara, Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beaches, please register for training with Nelle or Angie at (650) 726-8804, voice mailbox 7#, or e-mail  If you are interested in volunteering primarily at, Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, please register for training with Julie Barrow at or call (650) 879-2120 and leave a message.

Visit the Park!

Pigeon Point Light Station Tower ImagePerched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. The lens stands 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 2,000 pounds. Now on display in the Fog Signal building, it sat in a lantern room constructed at the Lighthouse Service's general depot in New York before being shipped around the Horn. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using a Vega Marine Rotating Beacon.

The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The intertidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station, contains a diverse and numerous variety of plant and animal life.

Lighthouse Closed for Repairs
In December 2001, a section of the iron belt course on the exterior of the lighthouse fell off. The lighthouse will remain closed until the structure can be restored. The lighthouse may still be viewed from the grounds. For more information go to Lighthouse Restoration

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. Afternoons can be very windy.

The park has restrooms near the parking lot, a pay phone, and limited picnic tables. A park store is located in the historic carpenter's shop.

Also located within the park, Hosteling International runs the Pigeon Point Hostel for guests who are interested in staying overnight.

A small public beach is located 100 yards from the main parking lot.

Half hour guided history walks around the lighthouse grounds are available 10am to 4pm Thursday through Monday, when staffing permits.

Available Activities and Facilities at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing