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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 »

Sensitive Species

While all native wildlife species at Pinnacles National Park are protected, some warrant special attention. In many cases they have been listed by other agencies as Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. Species endemic to the Pinnacles area are also listed here because even though they may not currently be in trouble, much of their known range falls within our boundaries.

Common Name Scientific Name Status
Insects Pinnacles shield-back katydid Idiostatus kathleenae 3*
Pinnacles riffle beetle Optioservus canus 3*
Fish Sacramento Perch Archoplites interruptus CSC*2
Amphibians Gabilan slender salamander Batrachoseps gavilanensis 3
California tiger salamander Ambystoma californiense FT
Western spadefoot Spea hammondii CSC
California red-legged frog Rana aurora draytonii FT
Foothill yellow-legged frog Rana boylii CSC*2
Reptiles Southwestern pond turtle Clemmys marmorata pallida CSC*
California horned lizard Phrynosoma coronatum frontale CSC
Silvery legless lizard Anniella pulchra pulchra CSC
San Joaquin coachwhip Masticophis flagellum ruddocki CSC
Two-striped garter snake Thamnophis hammondii CSC 1
Birds California condor Gymnogyps californianus FE/SE
Cooper's hawk Accipiter cooperi CSC
Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter straitus


Bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus FT
Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos CSC
White-tailed kite Elanus leucurus CSC
Prairie falcon Falco mexicanus CSC
Long-eared owl Asio otus CSC
Loggerhead shrike Lanius ludovicianus CSC
Yellow-breasted chat Icteria virens CSC
Grasshopper sparrow Ammodramus savannarum CSC
Mammals Pallid bat Antrozous pallidus CSC
Townsend's big-eared bat Corynorhinus t. townsendii CSC*
Western mastiff bat Eumops perotis californicus CSC*
Big-eared kangaroo rat Dipodomys elephantinus CSC*
American badger Taxidea taxus CSC


CSC =California Species of Special Concern
F = Federal
S = State
E =Endangered
T = Threatened
P = Fully Protected
* = Federal Category 1 and 2 species before revoked in 1996
1 = occurs around PINN and has habitat within PINN, but has not been confirmed
2 = historically occurred in PINN, but is believed to be locally extirpated
3 = endemic to Pinnacles and surrounding areas

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.