Campground Rules

Your cooperation in following these rules and regulations is vital in protecting your Park's beauty and natural features.

Observe fire regulations.
Check with the Pinnacles Visitor Center or click here for current fire danger conditions. During periods of increased fire danger, fires are not allowed. Fires must always be attended and put out with water completely when not attended. Firewood collection is not permitted at Pinnacles National Park.

Do not feed wildlife.
Wild animals such as squirrels, pigs, raccoons, and birds are commonly seen at the Pinnacles Campground. They can pass diseases to humans, and can even be aggressive if they become accustomed to getting handouts from campers. To ensure the safety of you and your family, please keep a safe distance.

If you feed wildlife, intentionally or unintentionally, you could be cited under 36 CFR 2.10(d) or 2.2(a)(2).

To keep yourself and park wildlife safe:

  • Never feed wildlife.
  • Store all of your food and scented items in your vehicle when not in use.
  • Act immediately to scare animals away if they approach your food.
  • Dispose of food properly.

Camp only in designated sites.
At Pinnacles National Park, camping or sleeping in vehicles is only permitted in designated campsites. Camping is not allowed outside the boundaries of the Pinnacles Campground.

Respect quiet hours.
Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.

Follow pet regulations.
Pets are not allowed on trails. They are allowed in the campground and in paved and developed areas, and must be on a leash at all times. Pets cannot be left unattended, in or out of vehicles. If you plan to hike, it may be best to leave your pet at home.

Collecting is not allowed.
Everything is protected within your national park, including rocks, animals, and pine cones. Please leave them where you find them for the next park visitors to see. Wood gathering for fires is prohibited.

Use electrical cords only in RV sites.
Electrical extension cords may not be connected to campground restroom outlets.

Follow limits on campsite capacity.
A maximum of six people (including children) and two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Both vehicles must be parked on the parking pad. Extra vehicles must be parked in the Sandy Creek parking area.

Take care of your food and trash.
Leftover food and trash is not only an inconvenience for the next camper to use your site, it can also pose a danger to campground wildlife. Garbage and recycling containers can be found throughout the campground. Please leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Last updated: May 13, 2014

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Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043


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

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