• Big-berry manzanita and the skyline of the high peaks greet visitors who explore the steep and narrow portion of the High Peaks trail. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby


    National Park California

Night Programs

Periodically, a variety of Ranger-guided activities take place under the mysterious night sky at Pinnacles. These nighttime activities usually take place on weekends anytime of the year. Possible activities include Dark-Sky and Full-Moon Hikes, Nighttime Cave Explorations, or even gazing at the wonders of space at one of our Star Parties.

Night hiking opportunities are limited to 25 visitors per program. Reservations are required. Individuals may reserve up to five spots per group. For reservations, come in person or call the Pinnacles Visitor Center (Eastside) at (831) 389-4485, or for night hikes that meet at Chaparral parking lot (Westside), call (831) 389-4427 ext 0.

Night Program Schedule for 2014

Friday April 18 8:30pm -- Eastside, Reserve by Calling (831)389-4485

Dark Sky Night Hike

From under a canopy of stars, become a nocturnal Pinnacles hiker with volunteer ranger Peter Szydlowski on this easy, two-mile hike on the Bench and South Wilderness trails. This evening's journey offers the unique opportunity to experience the natural darkness on a moonless night. Come and gain your night vision and find the natural quiet and stillness of Pinnacles National Park at night.
Duration of hike: 90 minutes; Overcast sky will cancel hike.

Meet at the High Peaks Picnic Area at 8:30 pm with layered clothing, sturdy boots, water, small flashlights with red lens (we will provide red-lenses if needed). This hike is limited to 25 people and reservations are required. Sign up at the Pinnacles Visitor Center desk during open hours, 9:30 am to 5 pm or call 831-389-4485. Groups of less than 6 and children over 5 years old are preferred.

Don't Forget... Evening Programs are held at the Pinnacles Campground Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning the first weekend in March to July 6th. Reservations are NOT required.

Did You Know?

A Portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt

Pinnacles, Muir Woods, and the Grand Canyon were all set aside as national monuments in the span of seven days in January 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt.