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Apr
20
2014

Easter Brunches in Monterey County

Apr. 20
Looking for a way to celebrate Easter weekend in Monterey County? Overwhelmed with…more
Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
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The “Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card and Special Offers Campaign includes a…
Apr 16, 2014
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Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles National Park

The first 2,500 acres of the rugged Pinnacles were made a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Since 1908, the monument significantly increased in size to 26,000 acres and in 2013 President Barack Obama designated the expansive terrain as a national park.

Pinnacles National Park was once a spring and fall home to the Chalone and Mutsun tribes. The national park is now a popular spot for outdoor activities ranging from hiking to birdwatching to stargazing to rock climbing. It is also a perfect outdoor classroom for lessons in geology, botany and biology.

Diverse Wildlife

The unique topography and geographic diversity of Pinnacles National Park leads to an equally diverse range of flora and fauna. For example, Pinnacles National Park has 149 bird species, 69 butterfly species, and 400 bee species inhabiting its boundaries, the most bee diversity of anywhere on earth. 14 of California's 24 bat species make their home at Pinnacles National Park. It is home to the California condor, the big-eared kangaroo rat, the Gabilan slender salamander, the Pinnacles shield-back katydid, and the Pinnacles riffle beetle.

Birding

Avian life at Pinnacles National Park is astoundingly diverse, affording the avid birder a chance to see species they are unlikely to spot elsewhere. Raptors, owls, wrens, warblers, jays, woodpeckers and many other species reside at Pinnacles National Monument. Download the Pinnacles National Park bird checklist to learn all the bird species known to occur in the park.

Pinnacles Park Camping

Pinnacles Campground offers tent, group and RV sites. RV sites have electrical hookups. Many sites are shaded. All sites have picnic tables and a fire ring. There are also communal barbecue pits. Showers and a dump station are nearby. A campground store, located in the visitors center, is open from 3 to 6pm. During spring and summer seasons, campers can enjoy the campground swimming pool and ranger programs at the campground amphitheater. See the Pinnacles National Park website to make reservations for Pinnacles Campground.

Pinnacles National Park Hiking

Pinnacles National Park has over 30 miles of trails, enough for an all-day trip for the avid hiker. Trails at Pinnacles Park range from easy enough for small children to quite strenuous. The Pinnacles National Park website has detailed trail information as well as large, thorough downloadable maps. See our Top Day Hikes in Monterey County page for a detailed description of one easy day hike at Pinnacles Park.

Pinnacles National Park Maps and Directions

For interior Pinnacles National Park maps, please refer to the National Park Service website, which offers detailed downloadable maps of the park.

The east and west entrances of Pinnacles National Park are not connected by a through road. To get from one to the other, you must go through King City on Highway 101. Please refer to the Pinnacles National Park website for detailed directions to the east and west entrances of Pinnacles National Park.


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