West Pinnacles Amidst Transition To New Location
Contact: BG Horvat, (831) 389-4486 x267
A new West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station at Pinnacles National Monument is slated for completion just after the new year, replacing the existing flood prone Chaparral Ranger Station.The new contact station is one of 800 National Park Service projects receiving funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA).
The West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station is among several other improvements set to open on the west side of the Pinnacles National Monument. Additional facility upgrades include housing for park staff, a maintenance building with an emergency operations center and an entrance station.
On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, from 10:00AM - 5:00PM, beginning at the west entrance to the Pinnacles, Chaparral Road will be closed as the road is repaved and heavy construction equipment will be present. The park will remain open and visitors may access the park from the temporary road closure by foot.
Beginning December 5, 2011, a temporary contact station providing visitor information will reside at the Chaparral parking lot until final completion of the new West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station in January, 2012. Visitors should remember to bring water, snacks, and flashlights when visiting as Western National Parks Association (WNPA) sales will not be available during this period of transition.
For complete details on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, go to www.recovery.gov. For further information contact BG Horvat at (831) 389 -4486 x267.
Did You Know?
National monuments are created by a presidential proclamation, and national parks are set aside by acts of Congress. Other units of the National Park System include recreation areas, seashores, national historic sites, and memorials.