Operating Hours & Seasons


Pinnacles experiences periods of extremely high visitation during
weekends and holidays and weekdays in March and April. Expect long
lines and delays getting into the park between 10:00 am. - 2:00 pm.

The East entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Entrance fees are collected year round. Plus, camping is available.

Pinnacles Visitor Center
Hours of Operation - Pacific Time

9:30am - 5:00pm (Daily)

(831) 389-4485

Shuttle Schedule (Eastside Only)

Pinnacles National Park is pleased to offer visitors a free shuttle on weekends and most holidays. The shuttle only stops at the East Pinnacles Visitor Center and Bear Gulch. Weekends are especially busy between 10am and 3pm. Wait times for the shuttle can exceed one hour. Please plan your trip accordingly.

Hours of Operation - Pacific Time

10:30am - 5:30pm (The last shuttle departs Bear Gulch at 5:30pm)

Bear Gulch Nature Center

Hours of Operation - Pacific Time
10:00am - 4:00pm (Weekends; January 1 - May 30)

(831) 389 - 4486 x235

Pinnacles Campground

For all camping related inquires, please contact the campground at 831-389-4538.

Hours of Operation - Pacific Time

3:00pm - 4:00pm (Monday - Friday)
10:00am - 4:00pm (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays)

Pinnacles Campground, operated by Royal Elk Park Management, INC., 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) 389-4538. Campground is self registration when store is closed.

The West entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open daily, from 7:30am to 8:00pm, Pacific Time. Entrance fees are also collected year round.

West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station
Hours of Operation - Pacific Time
9:00am - 4:30pm (Weekends and Holidays; Occasional Weekdays, Staff Permitting)

(831) 389-4427 x4487

A gate to the West entrance opens at 7:30am and closes at 8:00pm. The gate will automatically open as Pinnacles visitors exit the Park after hours. Camping is prohibited at West Pinnacles.

Last updated: December 27, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043


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

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