Pinnacles National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Pinnacles National Park Vacation
Pinnacles may be our nation’s newest national park, but Teddy Roosevelt recognized the uniqueness of this ancient volcano—its jagged spires and monoliths thrusting upward from chaparral-covered mountains—when he made it a national monument in 1908. Legends abound of robbers and banditos who used the park’s talus caves as hideouts, though undoubtedly the park’s most famous denizens today are the singularly magnificent California condors, which were all but extinct just 25 years ago. Though only about two hours from the bustling Bay Area, the outside world seems to recede even before you reach the park’s gates.
There aren’t any hotels or lodges within the park, so if you want to stay overnight, camping at the Pinnacles Campground... read more
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Condor encounters: There are only 240 California condors alive in the wild today, and Pinnacles is home to more than 30 of the... Read more
Pinnacles doesn’t have any of the wildlife superstars you can find at other national parks—bison, bear, elk, bighorn sheep—but here,... Read more
There’s only one camping option in Pinnacles, on the east side of the park next to the Pinnacles Visitor Center. Pinnacles... Read more
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