Operating Hours & Seasons


Pinnacles experiences extremely high visitation on weekends and holidays.
Our peak season is March and April, when it is crowded every day of the week. Expect long lines and delays getting into the park between 10:00 am. - 2:00 pm.

Pinnacles Visitor Center
Hours of Operation - Pacific Time

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

(831) 389-4485

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

Shuttle Schedule (East side 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
Satruday, Sunday and most Holidays
9:00am - 4:00pm (The last shuttle departs Bear Gulch at 4:00pm)

Bear Gulch Nature Center

Hours of Operation - Pacific Time
10:00am - 4:00pm (Saturday and Sunday; 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
Open intermittently.

(831) 389-4427 x4487
Camping is prohibitted in West Pinnacles.

Last updated: March 24, 2019

Contact the Park

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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