Top Place: Pinnacles

View east from High peaks in Pinnacles National Park
Miguel Vieira-Flickr
Pinnacles National Park features volcanic spires, bat caves and California condors.

Experience Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park, formerly Pinnacles National Monument, is a swath of stunning volcanic formations in central California.

The massive spires and deep canyons attract hikers, rock climbers and wildlife lovers looking to enjoy the monument’s dramatic scenery and bird-watching.

What’s the one best thing about Pinnacles Park?

Pinnacles National Park is home to several wild California condors, one of the world’s rarest birds.

These massive scavengers — with up to 10-foot wingspans — were all but extinct a few years ago. About 200 condors now live in the wild. Bird watchers can see some of them flying and nesting in Pinnacles’ peaks.

What’s one activity Pinnacles National Park is known for?

Rock climbing.

The tall spires and steep canyons provide challenges for novice and expert climbers alike.

What’s one way The Wilderness Society is working to protect Pinnacles National Park?

At Wilderness, we helped see that Pinnacles was upgraded from national monument to national park in 2012.

Creating a Pinnacles National Park:

  • Enhances its status as a recreation destination
  • Boosts tourism and the local economy
  • Provides extra protections for 2,715 acres of wilderness within the park

Learn more about our work in Pinnacles National Park