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    Pinnacles

    National Park California

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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 »

Raptor Advisories

Prairie falcon fledgling

Prairie falcon fledgling, flaring wings after first flight.

Photo by Raptor Biologist Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisories Are Currently In Effect At Hawkins Peak; All Other Raptor Advisories Have Been Lifted For 2014

Raptor advisories are currently in effect at Hawkins Peak (including Tuff Dome, H & L Dome, Frothy Flake, and Corn Flake). All other rock climbing and advisory areas are open to visitors as of the effective date, July 9th, 2014. For more information on advisories at Pinnacles, please visit the Friends of Pinnacles website.

This season, 27 prairie falcon young fledged from 7 nests and 3 additional nests failed, likely due to nest predation. Twelve additional raptor nests were documented this year, including 2 peregrine falcon nests, 2 red-shouldered hawk nests, a Cooper's hawk nest, a golden eagle nest, and a long-eared owl nest.

Prairie falcon productivity in 2014 was average for the 29-year raptor monitoring program at Pinnacles, and climbers and hikers did an excellent job of respecting advisory closures and assisting park managers in the protection of these beautiful birds of prey. For more information about raptors, please view the breeding season reports below.

2013 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
2012 Breeding Season Report - Falcons.
2011 Breeding Season Report.
2010 Breeding Season Report.
2009 Breeding Season Report.
2008 Breeding Season Report.
2007 Breeding Season Report.

 
Red-tailed hawk fledging

Immature red-tailed hawk after fledging.

Photo by Raptor Biologist Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisory Information
To maximize the potential of successful nest establishment, Pinnacles National Park requests that all visitors refrain from rock climbing and off-trail hiking in sensitive areas during the advisory periods.

These protective measures usually remain in effect until June or July. However, as nesting activity is monitored by Park staff, additional sensitive areas may be identified and listed. Some areas may also be opened. Please check with a ranger or carefully examine the Climbing Information Bulletin Board as you plan you climbing and hiking trips.

This advisory does not affect hiking along the Park's primary trail system. All designated trails will remain fully accessible by park visitors. Climbers should continue to use designated "Climber Access Routes" in all areas of the Park. Special care is requested for those areas most heavily impacted by climbing: Discovery Wall, Elephant Rock, Machete, Upper Crust, the Camel, and the Sisters.

Please remember that intentionally disturbing wildlife nesting, breeding, and other activities is a violation of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Section 2.2 (a) (2)). The Raptor Advisory System has been in effect since 1988. We would like to thank you for your assistance in protecting these magnificent birds. By coming to Pinnacles and following these recommendations, you become a partner in managing the Park's resources. You are a vital component to the success of maintaining raptors. Without your cooperation, park staff could not protect the natural resources. You help make Pinnacles a special place.

 

Did You Know?

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The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs 1200 miles from Arizona to central California, passing close to Pinnacles National Park at the town of San Juan Bautista. Explore the trail by foot, or view the Anza Trail Guide online for more information. More...