Travel Notice:

Travel Notice:

The City of Cannon Beach/Clatsop County are in Phase 2 of the Reopening plan. Hotels/rentals are taking guests, Restaurants may offer limited seating, businesses are open with safety protocols in place. Beaches are open. The State of Oregon requires face coverings in all indoor public spaces. In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Garbage left behind on our beaches and parks has become a concern so please remember to "Pack OUT what you pack In.. help protect our environment".

See our Coronavirus Update Page for the latest details.


Outdoors & Wildlife

You're likely to meet some of our colorful locals.

Enjoy encounters with an astonishing variety of wildlife and sea life. Seeing the Tufted Puffins that nest on Haystack Rock is a special experience, but the Cannon Beach area offers many exciting opportunities to observe wildlife and sea life. During the quieter seasons, herds of Roosevelt Elk emerge from the edges of the rainforest to graze in our coastal meadows.

Colorful tidepools are filled with fascinating forms of marine life and intertidal rocks are encrusted with an active eco-system of mussels, snails and sea stars. Bald Eagles patrol the skies and Brown Pelicans skim the surf. Each spring and winter, nearly 20,000 Gray Whales can be observed making one of the natural world’s most amazing migrations. The puffins may steal the show, but a wide variety of seabirds can be seen.

Look for crowded colonies of Common Murres on top of rocks, cormorants nesting on rocky ledges and Black Oystercatchers foraging along the rocky shore. Your next great encounter with nature is just a beach walk or a trail away.