Following guidance from the White House, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Pinnacles National Park will remain open for day-use. Review the full list of closures and operation changes here.
In addition, entry fees are waived
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Pinnacles National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes,the West entrance (Soledad side) of the park is open to vehicles for day-use. You must enter the park between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 pm. Restrooms, water, and maps are available.The Visitor Center is closed.
Yes, the East entrance (Hollister side) is open for day-use, this includes hiking, climbing and picnicking. All parking areas are open. 24 hours, 7 days a week. The official park store is open 9am-4pm, Thursday-Monday. The shuttle is not running at this time. The campground is closed to the general public. Only essential travelers will be permitted to stay. For more information visit recreation.gov.
West Side Contact Station, and Bear Gulch Nature Center are closed until further notice. Bear Gulch Caves and Balconies Caves remain closed until further notice.The cave closure does not effect any trails. The Bear Gulch Reservoir loop is still accessible. There will be no shuttle service available.
The campground is open to "essential travelers" only.
All trails except the caves. The cave closure does not effect any trails.The Bear Gulch Reservoir loop is still accessible as well as the High Peaks trail to Balconies Cliffs loop.
The park book store is now open! Store hours are Wednesday through Monday, 9:00 am to 4:00 PM.
Camping is available for essential travelers only. The campground store is open 9am to 5pm, 7-days a week. Please call (831) 200-1722 for more information.
All restrooms in the park are open but will be closed more frequently for cleaning. The pit toilet at Scout's Peak is closed.
-The Bear Gulch caves
-The Balconies caves
Not right now. Due to the confined nature of the caves, both the Bear Gulch caves and Balconies caves are closed until further notice.
The campground is open to essential travelers only. To learn if you qualify to stay with us, please visit www.recreation.gov, search Pinnacles campground and click on 'Alert' at the top. For more information on campground facilities please call (831) 200-1722.
Please check all shelter-in-place orders for your state/county as well as any orders for counties you will be passing through on your way to the park for guidance.
We will not be collecting fees for entry into the park until further notice.
People who choose to visit Pinnacles National Park during this pandemic are encouraged to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.
Last updated: January 15, 2021