A ranger welcomes students and teachers to Pinnacles.
A Park Ranger welcomes students and teachers to Pinnacles.

Photo by NPS/Kurt Moses


Pinnacles National Park offers a variety of opportunities for classrooms and organizations to explore the diverse ecosystems and geological beauty of this unique landscape.

Plan a Ranger Guided Field Trip!

Did you know that you can bring your students to Pinnacles National Park for a free ranger-guided field trip? Ranger-led programs are held on the east side of the park. Note the road system into the west side of Pinnacles cannot accommodate buses. Transportation reimbursement may be available for some qualifying schools. Contact the park for more details. Note: Ranger-led field trips are currently unavailable due to staffing availability.

Want a more hands-on experience for your students? Service learning field trips may be scheduled throughout the school year.

Reservations are required for all ranger-guided field trips, and space is limited. Please send inquiries to or call 831-389-4486 ext 243.

Schedule a Ranger Visit!

Having trouble gathering your group for a trip to Pinnacles? Schedule a ranger to come to you! For free! Ranger visits can be scheduled year round, Wednesday through Friday. Please send inquiries to

Plan a Self-Guided Field Trip!

Planning to take your classroom on a field trip to Pinnacles, but don't need a ranger as a guide? A ranger is not required for self-guided excursions in the park! No scheduling is necessary; however, you may request an entrance fee waiver.

Entrance Fee Waiver For Educational Field Trips

Visits from accredited educational institutions can have park entrance fees waived. You will need to apply for a fee waiver and complete sections 1, 2, and 5. Submit your application to:

Pinnacles National Park
Attn: Mike Brindeiro
5000 East Entrance Road
Paicines, CA 95043

*Allow 60 days for your application to be processed.*

Junior Ranger book
Children of all ages can complete their Junior Ranger book and earn a badge.

Photo by NPS/Kurt Moses

Junior Rangers

Do you want to learn more about Pinnacles National Park as you hike and explore? Ask about our free Junior Ranger program at the West Visitor Contact Station, West Entrance fee booth, East Entrance fee booth, or download a copy of our Junior Ranger Book here.

Last updated: February 13, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5000 East Entrance Road
Paicines, CA 95043


831 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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