Operating Hours & Seasons

Pinnacles National Park is Open for Day Use on the East & West Side

Pinnacles experiences extremely high visitation on weekends, holidays, and throughout the spring and anytime weather conditions are favorable. Expect long lines and delays getting into the park between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Visitors hiking the High Peaks, Condor Gulch, Balconies, or Moses Spring trail should arrive before 8:00am (This is just an estimate. Parking may fill earlier).


Entrance Gate Hours:

East Side: 24 hour access to trails. No overnight parking without camping reservations and outside of campground area.
West Side: Entry gate is open from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm. Day-use only.

East Pinnacles Book Store (east side)

Open Daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm for lunch)
Run by the Western National Parks Association, this store sells all of the must-have Pinnacles souvenirs.
(831) 389-4485

Bear Gulch Nature Center (east side)
Open Friday - Tuesday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

(831) 389-4486 x4243

Shuttle Schedule (east side only)

Shuttle service over for the season

Pinnacles Campground (east side only)

For all camping related inquires, please contact the campground at (831) 200-1722.

Hours of Operation - Pacific Time

Open Daily from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Pinnacles Campground, operated by Pinnacles Recreation Co., an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, is located on the East-side of the Pinnacles. They offer tent, RV, and group campsites. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov. For more information, contact the Campground at (831) 200-1722.

West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station (west side)
Open Saturday - Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(831) 389-4486 x4235
Camping is prohibited in West Pinnacles.
The West entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open daily from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, Pacific Time.


Last updated: June 14, 2024

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Contact Info

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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