Point Arena Lighthouse Full Moon by Tom Birdsell

Come experience a spectacular night time view . . .

. . . from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower, and if the weather cooperates it will be illuminated by the full moon! Our docents and guides will help you experience what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper and climb the Tower at night.  They will guide you on your journey into the past and explain the unique history of this historic landmark, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Champagne, sparkling  juice and snacks will be served as part of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience!

Night Tours  are scheduled on every full moon, with extra  weekend tours added when the full moon falls within a day of Friday or Saturday. All proceeds go toward the support and maintenance of  Lighthouse Tower, Museum and grounds. Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. thank you for your generous support.  Individual tickets are $30 each or tickets-for-two for $50.  

Reservations must be made by phone at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 or in person no later than 3:30 p.m. three (3) days before the date of the event.

Cancellation policy: No refunds given if you cancel your reservation three days or less before the event. Tours are limited to a minimum of eight and a maximum of twenty people, and will be cancelled if less than eight sign up. You will receive a full refund if the event is cancelled.  Please call our Reservation Desk at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 three days prior to the tour to confirm the event is happening as scheduled.

Night Tour Schedule*


Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 Full Corn Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM

The September full Moon is usually known as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley.

Often, the September Moon is called the “Harvest Moon” but this year it’s in October. The Harvest Moon is the Moon that falls nearest the autumn equinox and this full Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!

Some other traditional Moon names used by Native Americans include:

  • Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans.
  • Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans.
  • Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americans



Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Full Hunter’s Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM


Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (almost) Full Hunter’s Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM


Friday, November 3rd, 2017 Full Beaver Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Full Beaver Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 (almost) Full Cold Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 Full Cold Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


*NOTE: Tours will take place regardless of the weather conditions if the minimum number of guests sign up. Guests understand that visibility could be limited due to fog, rain, etc. and there is no guarantee that the full moon will be visible during the tour.