Raptor Advisories

Prairie Falcon Fledglings
Prairie Falcon fledglings, flaring wings after first flight.

Photo by Gavin Emmons

All Raptor Advisories Have Been Lifted For 2021

All rock climbing and advisory areas are open to visitors as of the effective date, July 8th, 2021. For more information on advisories at Pinnacles, please visit the Friends of Pinnacles and Mud N' Crud websites.

The 2021 breeding season was very productive for cliff-nesting falcons: 31 prairie young fledged from 8 nests and 9 peregrine falcon young fledged from 4 nests. Over 20 additional raptor nests were confirmed for species including golden eagles, red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, Cooper's hawks, American kestrels, great horned owls, barn owls, and long-eared owls. For more information about raptors at the park, please refer to the
Raptors page.

Barn Owl Nestlings
Barn Owl nestlings, in cliff cavity nest

Photo by Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisory Information
To maximize the potential of successful nest establishment, Pinnacles National Park requests that all visitors refrain from rock climbing and off-trail hiking in sensitive areas during the advisory periods.

These protective measures usually remain in effect until June or July. However, as nesting activity is monitored by Park staff, additional sensitive areas may be identified and listed. Some areas may also be opened. Please check with a ranger or carefully examine the Climbing Information Bulletin Board as you plan you climbing and hiking trips.

This advisory does not affect hiking along the Park's primary trail system. All designated trails will remain fully accessible by park visitors. Climbers should continue to use designated "Climber Access Routes" in all areas of the Park. Special care is requested for those areas most heavily impacted by climbing: Discovery Wall, Elephant Rock, Machete, Upper Crust, the Camel, and the Sisters.

Please remember that intentionally disturbing wildlife nesting, breeding, and other activities is a violation of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Section 2.2 (a) (2)). The Raptor Advisory System has been in effect since 1988. We would like to thank you for your assistance in protecting these magnificent birds. By coming to Pinnacles and following these recommendations, you become a partner in managing the Park's resources. You are a vital component to the success of maintaining raptors. Without your cooperation, park staff could not protect the natural resources. You help make Pinnacles a special place.


Last updated: July 8, 2021

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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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