• High Peaks and Big Berry Manzanita. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby

    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 »

Ranger Programs

Ranger Sierra on Cave Walk Program

Ranger Sierra Willoughby describes the formation of talus caves during a guided hike to the Bear Gulch Caves.

NPS Photo | Martha Willoughby

Ranger programs are a fun way to enhance your experience at Pinnacles National Park. Programs are generally offered on weekends (at both the East and West sides of Pinnacles) from mid February through the end of May. Evening programs are offered on the east side of the park at Pinnacles Campground Friday and Saturday evenings from mid February through Labor Day.

All ranger programs are FREE. Upon your arrival to the park, ask a park ranger or consult one of the Ranger Activity Boards located outside the Pinnacles Visitor Center, the Bear Gulch Nature Center, or the West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station for the day's opportunities.

Special programming, including the West Pinnacles Speaker Series, night hikes and other unique Pinnacles events are also scheduled through out the year. Please check the Schedule of Events page to find out if they are occuring during your visit!

 


2014 East Pinnacles Ranger Program Schedule:

Evening Ranger Program

Friday and Saturday Evenings, 30-45 minutes (February 14 through September 1). Program times vary each month:

February 14 - March 8 March 14 - 29 April May - June - July August
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Evening programs happen at the Pinnacles Campground Amphitheater; and the presentation topics are ranger's choice. Please check the 'Ranger Activity' bulletin boards in front of the Pinnacles Visitor Center or the Bear Gulch Nature Center.

Night Hikes

One Saturday a Month (June through August):
1 hour, 1 mile, Easy Terrain
Meet at Peaks View Parking Area

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 and August 10 @ 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



2014 West Pinnacles Program Schedule

Summer Speaker Series

5:30pm Once a month at Soledad Library (June, July August):
11:00am twice a month at Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station, west side
Park Entrance Fee Applies for in Park Activities

JUNE 21
11:00am at Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station, west side


Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez
John Boessenecker, author of "Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasequez" will shed some light on the myths and legends that surround one of the most infamous bandits in California history.


2015 Summer Speaker Series

THANKS FOR JOINING US! If you have ideas for speakers on any of the monthly topics we have for June, July and August let us know.

 

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