No Fires - Fire Danger Very High - 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.
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 President's Day Weekend in 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 early January 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!
2013 East Pinnacles Ranger Program Schedule:
Friday and Saturday Evenings, 30-45 minutes (Mid-february through Labor Day weekend). Program times vary each month:
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.
2013 Summer Speaker Series
Hands of the Land
Life of the Amah Mutsun
July is all about the natural resources of Pinnacles National Park
A Tour of Pinnacles National Park
July 6th, 2:00pm – Soledad LibraryJoin Ranger Matt to explore the incredible aspects of Pinnacles National Park—the nation's newest national park!
Wildflowers: Up Close and Personal
On the Edge: Prairie Falcons of Pinnacles
In August the topic will be sustainability and climate change.
Defining Climate Change
August 3rd, 2:00pm - Soledad Library
Join Ranger Matt to discuss what climate change is and look at some places where it is impacting people and wildlife.
A Night Under the Stars
August 10th, 2:00pm - Pinnacles National Park, west side
Join Pinnacles Partnership Board Member David Buamgartner and others to look at the planets and stars!Scopes provided.
A Changing Ocean
August 17th, 2:00pm - Pinnacles National Park, west side
Elliot Hazen, working with UC Santa Cruz and partnered with the Pacific Grove NOAA lab, will share the effects of climate change on the area's ocean and steps we can take to keep it healthy.
A Green Pinnacles
August 24th, 2:00pm - Pinnacles National Park, west side
Candice Wong from rrm design will show us how Pinnacles is 'going green' and share ideas on how you can make your own home more sustainable.
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.
Hope we see you back for the 2014 Speaker Series.
Did You Know?
Rhyolitic breccia is the rock that the High Peaks and other rock formations at Pinnacles are made of. Rhyolite breccia is composed of lava sand, ash, and angular chunks of rock that were explosively ejected from the Pinnacles Volcano.