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    Pinnacles

    National Park California

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    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 »

2009 Raptor Advisory - January

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Date: March 5, 2009

CLIMBING ADVISORIES IN EFFECT

Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 15, 2009, according to Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. Last year 5 pairs of prairie falcons produced a total of 12 fledglings. Additionally, the monument had successful nesting by Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Golden Eagles. Park researchers will continue to monitor raptors to better understand these interesting and beautiful birds. “We ask you to refrain from any off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas which include the High Peaks, the Balconies Cliffs area, Machete Ridge, Citadel, Little Pinnacles, Pipsqueak Pinnacles, Gargoyle/Piedras Bonitas, Frog/Hand, Egg Rock/Teapot Dome, Goat Rock, Resurrection Wall, and the Scout Peak area,” said Brunnemann. “Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is,” he continued.

The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on the web at www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling (831)-389-4485.

For more information regarding the monument’s raptor monitoring program, please call the office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 extension 270.

Did You Know?

The Five Sisters rock formation, as seen from the Bear Gulch Reservoir

Pinnacles National Park began as a volcanic field that originated about 195 miles south of its present location. It has traveled northward along the San Andreas Fault, and currently moves at a rate of about 3 - 6 centimeters per year.