Balconies Cave is CLOSED
Due to recent rains and high water, the entrance gates to the Balconies Cave is closed. Hikers may bypass the cave area using the Balconies Cliff Trail. The Bear Gulch Cave on the east side of the park fully open. 3/3/2014
Bear Gulch Cave is OPEN!
Park biologists went up to Bear Gulch Cave this morning and found that the Townsend's Big Eared Bat colony has dispersed. The Bear Gulch Cave is fully open. 3/3/2014 More »
Public Comments Invited for General Management Plan Alternatives
Pinnacles National Monument announces the opening of the public comment period for the park's General Management Plan Alternatives- August 1 to October 31, 2008
Pinnacles National Monument is hosting public meetings at Jefferson School in Paicines; San Benito County Library, in Hollister; and Soledad High School – Mission Room, Soledad California, August 25 – 27, to solicit input about the park’s new general management plan (GMP) ‘Alternatives’, which will determine the park’s management direction for the next 15 to 20 years. “We’d like to hear from you. Your comments will help us understand the impacts of these proposals and develop a long range plan for Pinnacles that reflects your perspectives.” requests Eric Brunnemann, Superintendent, Pinnacles National Monument.
The preliminary alternatives include different approaches to access and visitor services at the ranchlands; infrastructure and opportunities on the park's west side; locations of visitor contact facilities and park administrative functions; and new trails and recreational activities. Alternatives also address education, research, recreation and wilderness values; natural and cultural resource protection; partnerships with neighboring communities, agencies and tribes; and other topics.
"Please tell us what you think about the preliminary alternatives. Do you like one particular alternative more than the others? Do you like various elements of each of the alternatives? Do you have an entirely different vision of how Pinnacles should be managed?" Brunnemann continued.
To submit 'Alternatives' comments or to request a copy of the alternatives newsletter, contact the park in writing.
Download Form www.nps.gov/pinn/parkmgmt/planning.htm
Email: e-mail us
Online Comment Form www.nps.gov/pinn/parkmgmt/planning.htm
Fax (831) 389-4489
Pinnacles National Monument GMP
5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043
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