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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 »

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September 23, 2013
Proposed Fee Increase for Transportation Services
The National Park Service is seeking public input through October 31 about proposed fee increases for Transportation Services from $5 to $10.

February 08, 2013
Pinnacles National Park Special Event
Details about the redesignation celebration for Pinnacles National Park with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Congressman Sam Farr.

January 18, 2012
2012 Climbing Advisories In Effect
Annual climbing advisories to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument have been reinstated as of January 17, 2012.

December 16, 2011
ARRA Funded West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station Near Complete
End of 2011 status on the new West Pinnacles facilities that are to open in 2012.

November 16, 2011
West Pinnacles Amidst Transition To New Location
A New West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station is coming in January 2011. Road Closure on November 22 due to construction and a temporary visitor contact station to open in December.

September 06, 2011
The Condor Comeback 2011
Public Invited to Attend Condor Comeback 2011 at Pinnacles National Monument on Fee-Free National Public Lands Day

September 07, 2010
Condor Comeback 2010
No abstract supplied.

August 04, 2010
Climbing Areas Have Reopened, 2010
Rock formations subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking for protecting nesting falcons and eagles have reopened.

June 29, 2010
Pinnacles National Monument Hosts Star Party
Saturday, July 10, Pinnacles Partnership, in association with Pinnacles National Monument, gives you an opportunity to thrill at the sight of the heavens through telescopes, as Galileo first did some 400 years ago.

June 16, 2010
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act News Release
The National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, has awarded an $8.5 million contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to Anderson Burton Construction, Inc. The company will restore the sensitive riparian corridor by removing the maintenance area, housing, and Ranger Station from the Chaparral area while designing and constructing a new Visitor Center, housing, and maintenance area closer to the park’s west boundary to provide increased visitor services and to help visitors learn about the park and its resources.

June 01, 2010
Prescribed Burns Planned at Pinnacles for June and in Fall
Fire Management staff at Pinnacles National Monument plan to burn 10 acres in the previously burned Entrance Meadow the week of June 13 and an additional 5 acres in McCabe Canyon later this fall, if weather conditions allow.

May 26, 2010
Celebration of Cultural History at Pinnacles this Weekend
Fingerprints; A Celebration of Cultural History

May 13, 2010
Wild Condor Chick Evacuated from Pinnacles National Monument due to Lead Exposure
Condor biologists at Pinnacles National Monument and Ventana Wildlife Society tracking the health of a wild condor nestling (chick) in the park discovered last week that the bird had extremely high levels of lead in its blood.

April 06, 2010
First Condor Chick Hatches at Pinnacles National Monument in Over 100 Years
Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the successful hatching of a condor egg inside the monument. The young nestling is the first California condor known to hatch in the monument in over 100 years.

March 08, 2010
First Condor Nest at Pinnacles National Monument in Over 100 Years
Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the first California condor nest in the monument in over 100 years.

February 03, 2010
Spring 2010 Artist in Residence Program
Pinnacles National Monument Announces its Spring 2010 Artist in Residence Program

February 03, 2010
Public Comment Period for Two Environmental Assessments
30 Day Public Comment Period Open for Two Environmental Assessments

January 21, 2010
Parks Join to Help Condors
National Parks in the U.S. and Argentina join forces: Partnership helps endangered condors take flight. 

January 07, 2010
2010 Climbing Advisory
Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be in effect on January 14, 2010.

October 30, 2009
Wild Condor Chick Fledges
California condor 514, the first condor hatched in this Central California county in at least 70 years, recently took his first flight. 

August 29, 2009
Gloria Fire
West side of Pinnacles temporarily closed due to Gloria Fire

August 27, 2009
Ken Burns' National Parks Film
Sneak Preview of Ken Burns' National Parks Film

August 26, 2009
Fall 2009 Artist in Residence
Pinnacles launches 2009 Artist in Residence

August 06, 2009
Condor Release 2009
Public invited to witness first flight of juvenile California condors at Pinnacles National Monument.

July 10, 2009
Raptor Advisories Lifted for 2009
Rock formations subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking will reopen Friday, July 10.

May 12, 2009
Pinnacles Condor Chick
Limited public viewing of wild-hatched condor chick now available.

April 15, 2009
2009 Jr Ranger Day
Join Pinnacles National Monument in celebrating National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day through a series of programs and activities designed for youth ages 3-13.

March 13, 2009
Endangered Condors Still Facing Human Threats
Although they are one of the most endangered birds on the planet, California condors are still facing avoidable threats to their survival.

March 05, 2009
Pinnacles 101
On Friday, January 16, 2009, Pinnacles National Monument transitions to its second 100 years.

March 05, 2009
2009 Raptor Advisory - January
Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 15, 2009.

March 05, 2009
Pinnacles Nature Hike and Star Viewing
Pinnacles Partnership and the National Park Service will co-host a unique event celebrating the natural wonders of both earth and sky at Pinnacles National Monument.

March 05, 2009
Rockpile Rendezvous 2009
Pinnacles National Monument continues to celebrate the legacy of climbing at Pinnacles with the Second Annual Rockpile Rendezvous.

October 15, 2008
Condor Release 2008
2008 Condor Release at Pinnacles National Monument

September 18, 2008
Community Celebration
Pinnacles announces the Community Celebration on Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

September 17, 2008
Artist in Residence
Pinnacles National Monument Launches Artist In Residence Program

September 07, 2008
Weakened Condor Rushed to LA Zoo
Weakened California Condor is Rushed to LA Zoo for Treatmen

August 07, 2008
GMP Alternatives
Public Comments Invited for GMP Alternatives

August 07, 2008
Campground Maintenance
Pinnacles National Monument will begin fall maintenance projects and upkeep of the Pinnacles Campground on September 1st, 2008. 

July 16, 2008
Raptor Advisories Lifted
The 2008 Raptor Advisories have been lifted on July 16, 2008.

June 27, 2008
Fire Restrictions
No abstract supplied.

June 17, 2008
Prescribed Burn Postponed
The prescribed burn that was scheduled for June 17th was postponed because of other wildfires.

June 11, 2008
Prescribed Burn Planned for June 17 - 19
A prescribed burn is planned for June 17 - 19, depending on weather and air quality conditions.

May 21, 2008
Prescribed Burn Planned for Mid-June
A prescribed burn is planned to help manage the spread of invasive yellow star thistle on newly acquired lands.

April 22, 2008
Homesteader's Weekend Activities Announced
No abstract supplied.

April 22, 2008
Rockpile Rendezvous
Pinnacles National Monument will celebrate the leacy of climbing within the monument by hosting a weekend event for climbers.

March 14, 2008
Public Comments Invited for EA
Pinnacles National Monument has completed an environmental assessment that will update the 2005 Fire Management Plan to include newly acquired lands. We are seeking public comment.

January 17, 2008
Climbing Advisories in Effect
Advisories for climbers and off-trailhikers go into effect on January 17, 2008. The goal of the advisories is to protect sensitive raptor species as they raise their young. Advisories are traditionally in effect until late June or early July.

January 10, 2008
Pinnacles Begins Centennial Celebration with Rededication Ceremony
The Rededication Ceremony marks the beginning of a year of special events to commemorate the centennial of Pinnacles National Monument.

October 17, 2007
Visitor Center Relocation
The park visitor center was relocated to the entrance of the Pinnacles campground on October 17, 2007.

September 21, 2007
Community Celebration 2007
No abstract supplied.

September 21, 2007
Uniendo parques y comunidades
No abstract supplied.

August 13, 2007
Condors Have Highest Recorded Blood Lead Levels
Condors from Pinnacles national Monument are being treated at the LA Zoo after blood tests showed extremely high blood levels of lead.

August 07, 2007
Pinnacles National Monument Centennial
Pinnacles National Monument is celebrating its Centennial in 2008. There will be a rededication ceremony on January 16, 2008, and many other events throughout the year.

May 19, 2007
Two California Condors Found Dead on Big Sur Coast
Two California condors, #301 and #307, were found dead during the week of May 14, 2007 along the Big Sur coast. The causes of death for both birds is still under investigation.

May 14, 2007
First Condor Death at Pinnacles National Monument
Condor 417 was found dead just outside Pinnacles National Monument on Saturday, May 12. She had been released into the wild for the first time on May 3rd. The cause of death is not yet known.

May 08, 2007
Two California Condors Released
Two juvenile California condors joined the flock of free-flying condors at Pinnacles on Tuesday, April 24, 2007.

May 08, 2007
Celebrate National Park Week
Celebrate National Park Week at Pinnacles National Monument through a series of programs and events.

May 08, 2007
Jr. Ranger Ambassador Grant
The National Park Foundation awards Pinnacles National Monument with grant to create and enhance Park Junior Ranger Programs

March 31, 2007
Proposed Fee Increase for Pinnacles National Monument
The National Park Service proposes a fee increase for Pinnacles National Monument.

March 31, 2007
More California Condors Will Fly Free
On Saturday, April 21, up to three California condors will be released into the wild at Pinnacles National Monument.

January 25, 2007
Raptor Advisories in Effect
Birds of prey have returned to Pinnacles National Monument for their breeding season. We ask that climbers and off-trail hikers avoid their nesting areas.

July 12, 2006
Condor 307 Treated for Elevated Lead Levels
One of the Pinnacles condors was shown to have dangerously high blood lead levels after eating squirrel carcasses that were contaminated with lead.

June 30, 2006
Condors Have Elevated Blood Lead levels
Field tests confirm that Pinnacles condors have elevated blood lead levels after eating carcasses contaminated with lead.

June 30, 2006
Climbing Areas Reopen
Raptor advisories have been lifted for the 2006 season at Pinnacles National Monument. We thank climbers and off-trail hikers for their cooperation.

October 07, 2005
Opening of Bear Gulch Cave
The Bear Gulch Cave at Pinnacles National Monument will be open during the last week of October 2005.

Did You Know?

A close-up view of rhyolite breccia

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.