Basic Information

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Pinnacles National Park is accessible through highway 101 for the West entrance, and highway 25 for the East entrance. From highway 101 you must pass through the City of Soledad to find highway 146 which will lead to West side of Pinnacles. To enter East Pinnacles you must find highway 25 through the City of Hollister coming from the North, and King City through Bitter Water Road (G-13) when coming from the South.

East Side Entrance

Entrance to the east side of Pinnacles National Park is always open.

Standard Hours

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West Side Entrance

The west side entrance gate opens at 7:30 AM and closes automatically at 8:00 PM daily. Vehicles will still be able to exit the park after the gate closes.

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Pinnacles National Park has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers, and mild winters with moderate precipitation. The park is several miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. A wider variation in seasonal temperatures can be expected in the local area. On July or August day, daytime temperatures over 100° F are not uncommon, but a bright sunny day can turn into a very cold night.

Entrance Fees:

Private, Non-Commercial Vehicles (including motorcycles) - $15.00

Valid for 7 days

Individual, Hike / Bicycle - $10.00

Valid for 7 days

Organized, Non-Commercial Groups - $10.00

Visitors 16 years and older (i.e. service organizations, scouts, church groups, and college/school clubs) in buses and vehicles with 16 passenger capacity or more. Valid for 7 days

Commercial Vehicle, 1 to 6 passenger capacity - $25.00

7 days for original manifest

Commercial Vehicle, 7 to 25 passenger capacity - $40.00

7 days for original manifest

Commercial Tour Bus or Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity - $100.00

7 days for original manifest

Entrance Passes:

U.S. Military Annual Pass - $0.00

Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserve, and National Guard members. Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Senior Inter-Agency Annual Pass - $20.00

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees. Does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Pinnacles National Park Annual Pass - $25.00

Admits the purchaser and their passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder and their companions when entry is by other means (i.e. foot, bicycle). Nontransferable, nonrefundable, and does not cover camping fees.

Annual Inter-Agency Pass - $80.00

Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time). Or online by visiting the USGS store. http://store.usgs.gov/ This Pass is non-transferable.

Senior Inter-Agency Lifetime Pass - $80.00

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees. Does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

East Visitor Center

The East Visitor Center is located 30 miles south of Hollister off of Highway 25. It is open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

West Visitor Contact Station

The West Visitor Contact Station serves as the primary facility on the West Side of the park. Stop by to pay entrance fees, get hiking suggestions, and learn more about the park. It is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 
BalconiesTrail
Balconies Trail
 

Trails at Pinnacles National Park have a very distinctive look, they are surrounded by Rhyolitic Breccia a very unique rock that combines volcanic and Sedimentary rock. The giant boulders you see at Pinnacles today were formed as a result of volcanic activity that occurred over 23 million years ago, and it makes the perfect habitat for the California Condor. Enjoy your visit at America's newest National Park.

Operating hours and seasons

Fees and passes

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Last updated: February 5, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Phone:

(831) 389-4486
To contact the Pinnacles Campground Store please call (831) 389-4538.

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