Pinnacles National Park

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Pinnacles National Park was formed by fire, sculpted nearly 23 million years ago when multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to create this unique landscape. Take in the views of the towering rock spires teeming with life - Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, and the inspiring California Condor. Visitors can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms and enter rare talus caves while enjoying the impressive diversity of the park.

To learn more about Pinnacles National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

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Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Pinnacles National Park that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area. If you're visiting the park and looking for places to ride, check out the following areas:

Visiting Tips

The East Entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The West Entrance is gated, and the gate is open from 7:30 am to 8 pm for entrance to the park. The gate will automatically open for visitors exiting the park after hours. There are no connecting roads between the two entrances.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping and Lodging

The Pinnacles Campground is only accessible from the East Entrance. The campground offers tent and group camping, along with RV sites. Tent and RV sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance, and group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. For reservations, please visit recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. Camping is prohibited at West Pinnacles.

Food and Drink

There are no restaurants located in the park. There are a variety of dining options located outside of the park in the nearby towns.

Other Activities

People come to Pinnacles National Park to hike, rock climb, watch and study wildlife, view wildflowers, and experience nature. Pinnacles offers solitude, challenge, and escape from the urban lanscape of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Unlike many national parks, Pinnacles is most popular in the cooler months - spring, fall, and winter are excellent times to visit. Visit the park's website to learn more about the many ways to explore Pinnacles.

6 Local Events Next Up: Pinnacles National Park Condor Tour - Dec 17

Pinnacles National Park Condor Tour
Dec 17 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Join REI and Pinnacles Partnership for a hike at Pinnacles National Park to search for the majestic California Condor in its native habitat. More Details


Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Class - Level 1
Jan 7 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Learn basic Climbing skills and technique including specialized equipment use, proper fit of specialized equipment, site safety, knot tying, belay technique, basic climbing technique. This course is designed for new climbers or gym trained climbers looking to transition to the outdoor experience. More Details


Pinnacles National Park Condor Tour
Jan 8 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Join REI and Pinnacles Partnership for a hike at Pinnacles National Park to search for the majestic California Condor in its native habitat. More Details


Artificial Rock Climbing Anchors Class - Level 2
Feb 11 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Learn the basics of building climbing anchor systems with traditional gear. This is a hands on program where you will build climbing anchors. This outing will focus on construction and assessment of anchors and not on climbing movement. More Details


Pinnacles National Park Condor Tour
Feb 11 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Join REI and Pinnacles Partnership for a hike at Pinnacles National Park to search for the majestic California Condor in its native habitat. More Details


Classic Rock Climbing Tour
Feb 12 - Pinnacles National Park: East Side Visitor's Center

Join us in exploring a classic climbing destination. Our guides will take all the guess work out of where to go and how to setup. Completion of our Introduction to Outdoor Climbing class or having equivalent skills is required before taking this tour. More Details


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