Pinnacles National Park is a protected area located in central California, USA, near the cities of Salinas and Soledad. The park is known for its unique rock formations, including towering spires and jagged crags, which were formed by volcanic activity over millions of years. The park’s landscape is also home to a diverse array of plant and animal species, including several rare and endangered species such as the California condor. Visitors can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, and wildlife viewing in the park’s rugged terrain. The park is also an important site for scientific research and preservation, and ongoing efforts are being made to protect its natural and cultural resources.
VISIT Pinnacles National Park:
Pinnacles National Park was established on January 16, 1908, and has a total area of 26,686 acres (42 square miles, or 108 square kilometers).
|Address||5000 East Entrance Road, Paicines, CA, 95043|
|Hours||East Side: 24 hour access, West Side: Access is 7:30am to 8:00pm|
|Entrance Fee||$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Pinnacles National Park is the 163rd most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Pinnacles National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Pinnacles National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Pinnacles National Park are April, May, August & September.
Pinnacles National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Pinnacles National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|7 Day San Francisco to Los Angeles Road Trip||532||7|
|Pinnacles, Sequoia, Kings Canyon to Santa Monica Mountains||663||8|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Pinnacles National Park.
|Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site||104 mi|
|San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park||114 mi|
|Golden Gate National Recreation Area||115 mi|
|Fort Point National Historic Site||116 mi|
|John Muir National Historic Site||117 mi|
|Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park||118 mi|
|Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial||118 mi|
|Yosemite National Park||123 mi|
|Muir Woods National Monument||124 mi|
|Devils Postpile National Monument||139 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Pinnacles National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Pinnacles||Pinnacles, CA more||2 miles|
|San Lorenzo||King City, CA more||19 miles|
|Hollister Hills State Veh Rec Area||Hollister, CA more||24 miles|
|Arroyo Seco||Greenfield, CA more||25 miles|
|White Oaks||Greenfield, CA more||25 miles|
|Fremont Peak State Park||San Juan Bautista, CA more||26 miles|
|Escondido||Greenfield, CA more||30 miles|
|Memorial Park||Greenfield, CA more||30 miles|
|Laguna Seca||Salinas, CA more||33 miles|
|Nacimiento||Big Sur, CA more||36 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Pinnacles National Park:
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Pinnacles National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Pinnacles National Park.
|Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport||SJC||San Jose, CA||74 mi|
|San Francisco International Airport||SFO||San Francisco, CA||103 mi|
|Oakland International Airport||OAK||Oakland, CA||103 mi|
|Sacramento International Airport||SMF||Sacramento, CA||154 mi|
|Reno–Tahoe International Airport||RNO||Reno, NV||221 mi|
|Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||Los Angeles, CA||235 mi|
|Ontario International Airport||ONT||Ontario, CA||262 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Pinnacles National Park.
|Monterey Peninsula Airport||MRY||Monterey, CA||38 mi|
|Fresno Yosemite International Airport||FAT||Fresno, CA||83 mi|
|San Luis County Regional Airport||SBP||San Luis Obispo, CA||91 mi|
|Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock Field||SMX||Santa Maria, CA||117 mi|
|Meadows Field||BFL||Bakersfield, CA||139 mi|
|Sacramento Mather Airport||MHR||Sacramento, CA||143 mi|
|Santa Barbara Municipal Airport||SBA||Santa Barbara, CA||161 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.