Pinnacles National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Pinnacles National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Bacon and Butterfield Homesteads

  • Historic District/Site

On the park's eastern side, these two preserved homesteads in the heart of the 331-acre Ben Bacon Ranch Historic District illustrate...

Chaparral Trailhead

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This is the end of the road on the west side of the park, but it's also the best view of the Peaks you can get without having to hit...

Chaparral Trailhead Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

This is the only designated picnic area on the west side of the park, but there are great views of the nearby High Peaks. There are few...

Illustrated Ranger Talks

  • Educational Institution

On some weekend evenings, rangers give free presentations at the east entrance's campground amphitheater. The topics depend on the ranger's...

Junior Ranger Program

  • Local Interest–Sight

Kids can pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet at the Bear Gulch Nature Center, Pinnacles Visitor Center, or the West Pinnacles Visitor...

Moses Spring Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

The park's most pleasant picnic area, shaded by live oaks, sits alongside a seasonal creek. It's a convenient spot to picnic before or...

Night Hikes

  • Tour–Sight

Rangers occasionally lead night hikes, including ones under the full moon or to view stars or explore caves. Check the park's website...

Peaks View

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Short of hiking up to the rugged High Peaks, this east-side viewing area is the best place to catch a glimpse of them (off to the west).

Peaks View Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

A nice spot for a picnic, Peaks View is one of the few places on the east side of the park where you can catch a glimpse of the High...

Ranger-Guided Hikes and Activities

  • Local Interest–Sight

From President's Day weekend through the end of May, park rangers conduct free guided hikes, usually on the weekends. On the east side...


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