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 Superinendent'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 emergency closures and/or temporary restrictions, see below:
Regulation Change: Area West of Condor Gulch Trail Closed Added 4/3/2021
Mask Mandate on Federal Property Added 2/13/2021
West Entrance Closed and Other Restrictions Added 1/29/2021
Covid-19 Closures and Restrictions
Regulation Change: Fire Restrictions Lifted
Regulation Change: Climbing Closures on Machete Ridge Lifted
Regulation Change: Teapot Dome Climbing Area Open


Last updated: May 24, 2022

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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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