History & Culture

Bear Gulch 1910
A rare photo looking up Bear Gulch with the High Peaks in the distance, taken in 1910 (Pinnacles Museum Collection).

Native Peoples
Native peoples have inhabited California for over 10,000 years, learn more about how they interact with the landscape at Pinnacles.

Spanish Missionaries and Early Settlers
Discover the fascinating history of Spanish missionaries and early settlers before Pinnacles was designated as a National Monument.

Civilian Conservation Corps
Learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps role in developing the park during the 1930s.

Present Day
The landscape at Pinnacles is dynamic and continues to change. Learn about its transition from National Monument to National Park and gain insight into what lies ahead.


Additional Links
The information from these sites was gathered from a document written by the park historian, see the link below for more information.

The Heart of the Gabilans: An Administrative History of the Pinnacles National Park

Last updated: April 25, 2023

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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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