Point Arena Lighthouse, in Point Arena California, just 15 minutes north of Sea Ranch and an hour south of Mendocino, is an ideal setting for photo lovers.
Professional photographers and amateurs will find plenty of scenes to capture here.
The original Fresnel (frey-nel) Lens no longer operates. But you can see this impressive, 8-foot-high lens, in the visitor center. The lens is so impressive that you could burn up a lot of pixels and selfies making photos of the beautiful glass.
The lighthouse structure itself is still in use. You are allowed to climb up into the lantern room and look out to sea (another great photo op).
Wandering along Lighthouse Road will give you plenty of memorable views. And, don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch. Or, stop by the Rollerville
Cafe at Highway 1 and Lighthouse Road.
Also, adjacent to the lighthouse is the Stornetta Public Lands, part of the California Coastal National Monument. If you walk about 3/4 of a mile along the cliff trails, you will cross a small creek. Cross the creek (if it appears you can safely) and head toward a group of single-story houses. From the bluff just before the houses, look back at the ocean and you will see a spectacular waterfall pouring into the ocean (could be drive in late summer).
Go forth with your camera and enjoy the views.