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  • No Fires - Fire Danger EXTREME - No Fuego

    No Fires in the campground, no smoking on the trails. Observe these rules to protect park resources. No se permite fumar en los senderos, tampoco se permite las fogatas en el campamento. Proteja los recursos del parque y respete las advertencias. More »

  • Fee Increase at Pinnacles National Park

    On August 1, 2014 the 7 day entrance pass for Pinnacles National Park will increase to $10 for passenger vehicles and motorcycles; bicycle and pedestrian entry will increase to $5.00. The Pinnacles Annual Pass will increase on August 1 to $20.00. More »

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?

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National monuments are created by a presidential proclamation, and national parks are set aside by acts of Congress. Other units of the National Park System include recreation areas, seashores, national historic sites, and memorials.