• Big-berry manzanita and the skyline of the high peaks greet visitors who explore the steep and narrow portion of the High Peaks trail. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby

    Pinnacles

    National Park California

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  • CAUTION: Trail Work and Horses Present on Juniper Canyon and Tunnel Trails

    Do not run or make loud noises near working horses. Only approach horses if directed to do so by trail work staff. If Horses are Approaching, find a safe place to step uphill and off the trail. Do not approach horses from behind (April 21 - 25)

For Kids

Junior Ranger Day, Saturday April 26 2014

Learn about birds and other fun activities in America's Newest National Park. Two special programs will be held to celebrate our junior rangers:

11:00am - Birds of Pinnacles
Explore the wonderful habitat of hawks, jays, vultures and other birds of Pinnacles with volunteer ranger Sandra.
45 Minutes; Meet at the Pinnacles Visitor Center (East Entrance of the Park)

3:00pm - Sights, Sounds and other senses of Pinnacles
Join Volunteer ranger Maggie and use your senses and skills of observation to investigate what makes Pinnacles a special place for plants, animals and people to live.
45 Minutes, Meet at the Pinnacles Visitor Center (East Entrance of the Park)

Junior Ranger Program

Pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet at the Bear Gulch Nature Center, Pinnacles Visitor Center, or Chaparral Visitor Contact Station, and complete activities in the booklet to earn a special Pinnacles Junior Ranger Patch.

Download the Junior Ranger Booklet


Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program engages Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in educational programs and volunteer service projects in national park sites to

  • Gain a better understanding of the National Park Service mission and conserving the nation's natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Explore the national parks.
  • Practice good citizenship and kindness.
  • In recognition of their resource stewardship activities, Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for their participation.
  • The Scout Ranger program is cooperative effort between the National Park Service (NPS) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It is a component of the BSA umbrella initiative Good Turn for America which encourages young people to "Do a Good Turn Daily" (special thoughtful acts of kindness), help other people and participate in community service projects.

Did You Know?

Yellow Starthistle

The yellow star thistle is one of many invasive (non-native) plants threatening the ecosystems of Pinnacles. Many seeds are accidentally transported into the park on shoes and gear; you can do your part to prevent the spread of these pests by cleaning shoes, socks, and gear before visiting the park.