Basic Information

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 - $25.00

Valid for 7 days

Motorcycle - $20.00

Valid for seven days

Individual, Hike / Bicycle - $12.00

Valid for 7 days

Organized, Non-Commercial Groups - $12.00

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 - $50.00

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 Pinnacles Contact Station

The West Pinnacles 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 Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

 
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Balconies Trail
 

Be Prepared

At Pinnacles, a cool morning could quickly turn into a surprisingly hot day. Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. In all seasons, expect temperatures to dip sharply at night. Check the weather forecast before your hike and plan accordingly.

Carry and drink at least one liter of water per person per hour of hiking. Water is not available on trails.

Operating hours and seasons

Fees and passes

Weather

Pets

Last updated: February 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Phone:

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

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