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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 »

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


Night Hikes

One Saturday a Month (June through September):
1 hour, 1 mile, Easy Terrain
Meet at Peaks View Parking Area, East Side reserve by calling (831) 389-4485

DARK SKY HIKE
Join Ranger Russell for a night walk under the stars. The Milky way will be close to its best visibility, learn about the history of astronomy, and discuss the night creatures of Pinnacles National Park.

When: Saturday, June 28 @ 9:30pm-10:30pm
Where to meet: Peaks View Parking lot
Distance: About a 1 mile total hike; Peaks View parking lot to South Wilderness trailhead and back. Bring: flashlight, water, comfortable walking shoes, light jacket or sweater

This walk is limited to 25 people, please make reservations Sign up at the Pinnacles Visitor Center or call 831-389-4485

FULL MOON HIKES
Join Ranger Russell for a walk under the moon. Come and discover the brightness of a full moon's light, learn about the history of astronomy, and discuss the night creatures of Pinnacles National Park.

When: Saturday, July 12, August 10 and September 6 @ 8:30pm-10:00pm
Where to meet: Peaks View Parking lot
Distance: About a 1 mile total hike; Peaks View parking lot to South Wilderness trailhead and back. Bring: flashlight, water, comfortable walking shoes, light jacket or sweater

This walk is limited to 25 people, please make reservations Sign up at the Pinnacles Visitor Center 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 Labor Day Weekend. Reservations are NOT required.

Did You Know?

Starry skies. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Pinnacles home and it holds many meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.