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Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse (tied with Point Arena Light) on the West Coast of the United States. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.

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A historical maritime monument and a beacon for internaitonal travel & sustainability.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast. The tower stands on a rocky promontory and has long been a landmark for ships approaching San Francisco Bay from the south. This headland, and hence the lighthouse, took its name from the ship Carrier Pigeon that wrecked here in 1853.

The lantern room of the tower is no longer equipped with the original first-order, 1000-watt Fresnel lens.No longer illuminated for demonstration purposes, the lens has 24 flash panels, is composed of 1008 hand-polished lenses and prisms and is capable of producing over 500,000 candlepower illumination. It was manufactured by the Henry-LePaute company in Paris, France, and was first lit at Pigeon Point at sunset on November 15, 1872.

A little more about us

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The hostel

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Shared Dorms

Bunk beds starting at $38/night in a 6-person gender-specific dorm.

*Co-ed space available upon request.

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Private Rooms

Shared bathroom, 1-2 guests starting at $96/night (3 starting at $134/night)

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Oceanside fire pit available for guests up until 11pm each night.

**Firewood not provided.

Fire Pit


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Hot Tub

Available for our guests between 4pm and 11pm each day.

**Half hour slots start at an additional fee of $8/person.

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Star Gazing

Miles away from light polution, the park is a perfect place to watch stars, planets, and even the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Travel Community

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel is part of HIUSA, a non-profit organization dedicated to peace, sustainability, and culutral understanding.

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What do people say?

Aaron R.

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I had brought a group of cyclist touring up the coast to Pigeon Point Lighthouse and had reserved a dorm (cabin). We had a huge amount of space! We had a walk out to the coast and plenty of room to feed the 10 cyclist on our trip. At the end of our 5 day excursion that included Bocce Ball in Morgan Hill, taco's at Half Moon Bay, an Alcatraz Tour, and riding up the Marin Headlands, our stay at the Lighthouse was among the top moments of the trip. Several of our riders even saw whales for the first time!

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Bridget B.

The hostel is situated in the buildings close to Pidgeon Point Lighthouse - you couldn't get a more beautiful location. The accommodation is quite spartan, but there's a place out back with chairs and tables, where you can eat your meals (bring your own stuff) and the view is spectacular.
Be sure to book 30 minutes in the hot tub. again a fantastic with ocean, rocks, seals and lots of birds - especially pelicans.

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Staying with Hostelling International supports travel scholarships for young people and

contributes to sustainable travel & environmental stewardship.

Perched 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.

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State Park​​​​​​​

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8am to Sunset

Visitor Center and Park Store Hours

Thursdays through Mondays 10am-4pm

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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.