Laws & Policies

Drones and other unmanned aircraft in Pinnacles

Visitors should be aware that the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones, quadcopters, model airplanes, etc.) is prohibited within the boundaries of Pinnacles National Park at all times and under all conditions under 36 CFR 1.5 (a)(2). Their use would have an unacceptable impact on the endangered California Condor, Peregrine Falcon and other protected species within the park. Drones can also be extremely noisy, which would disturb the natural soundscape and therefore the wilderness experience for other visitors, creating an environment that is not favorable for wilderness travel. Furthermore, drones can interfere with emergency operations by impeding helicopters and rescue personnel.

Federal Firearms Law

As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain buildings in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Our Superintendent's Compendium is a list of policies and regulations that are specific to Pinnacles National Park. Check the compendium for regulations about rock climbing, cave closures, condor release site closures, pets, and more.

For Pinnacles National Park's Regulation Changes to the Superintendent's Compendium, adopted to enact emergecy closures and/or temporary restrictions, see below:

Regulation Change: Fire Restrictions & Closure
Regulation Change: Operational Changes
Regulation Change: Teapot Dome Climbing Area Open


Last updated: September 15, 2020

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5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043


(831) 389-4486
To contact the Pinnacles Campground, please call (831) 200-1722.

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