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


    National Park California

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!


2015 East Pinnacles Ranger Program Schedule:

Evening Ranger Program

Friday and Saturday Evenings, 30-45 minutes (February 27 through May 30). Program times vary each month:

February 27- March 7 March 13- 28 April May
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Evening programs happen at the Pinnacles Campground Amphitheater; and the presentation topics are ranger's choice.

Night Hikes

Fridays (March 20 - May 29)
1 hour, 1 mile, Easy Terrain
This walk is limited to 25 people, please make reservations. Sign up at the Pinnacles Visitor Center or call 831-389-4485. Meeting times and places vary, inquire during registration.

Bear Gulch Cave Walk

Saturdays and Sundays 10 am (February 28-May 30)
1 hour, 1 mile, Moderate Terrain
Meet at the Bear Gulch Nature Center
Explore the geology and ecology of the Bear Gulch area with a ranger. Walk concludes at the entrance to the Cave. Hikers are encouraged to bring water and flashlights for exploring the cave afterwards.

Ranger at the Reservoir

Saturdays and Sundays 11 am - 3 pm (February 28-May 30)
Meet at Bear Gulch Reservoir
Visit with a ranger stationed at the Bear Gulch Reservoir and find out more about your newest national park. Topics vary.

Condors of Pinnacles

Saturdays at 3 pm, 30 minutes (February 28-May 30)
Meet at the Pinnacles Visitor Center and Campground Store
Learn more about condors and the condor recovery program that is ongoing here at Pinnacles National Park.

2015 West Pinnacles Program Schedule

Balconies Cave Walk

Saturdays and Sundays 10 am (February 28-May 8)
1 1/2 Hours, 2 Miles, Moderate Terrain (Crawling and Scrambling Required)
Meet at the Chaparral Parking Lot
Join a ranger and share an adventure through a rare talus cave.

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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