Celebrating 100 Years of Pinnacles
On Friday, January 16th, 2009, Pinnacles National turns 101 years old and transitions into its next 100 years.
Please join us Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th as we celebrate our 101st Birthday. If you missed our first 100 years, now is the time to come out and discover the essence of Pinnacles. Ranger programs and activities highlight this January weekend.
Habitat Restoration 101
Pinnacles National Monument is proud to celebrate our first 100 years. Throughout 2008, Centennial events will highlight the legacy of local initiative and support that was instrumental in the preservation of Pinnacles.
From the first settlers of Bear Valley and a group of World War I Veterans to several different government agencies, Pinnacles has had early, continuous and prudent protection for over a century. The result is a glimpse into an ecological island relatively undisturbed and unencumbered by current land use practices, commercial development, and invasive plants and animals. But beyond this physical landscape, Pinnacles National Monument is a microcosm of a way of life rapidly disappearing from the Central California coast region.
It is because of this long standing support that we pay tribute to our local residents during our centennial and beyond. We are strengthening our commitment to these communities by reciprocating the dedication and support to those who have sustained us through the years. While we are commemorating this past, we are looking to the next generation of stewards to ensure that Pinnacles National Monument stays relevant for the next 100 years.
Did You Know?
Rhyolitic breccia is the rock that the High Peaks and other rock formations at Pinnacles are made of. Rhyolite breccia is composed of lava sand, ash, and angular chunks of rock that were explosively ejected from the Pinnacles Volcano.