Bill to make Pinnacles a national park clears House

HOLLISTER - A bill to upgrade the status of Pinnacles National Monument cleared the U.S House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Co-sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, the bill would convert Pinnacles' 26,000 acres to a national park. Backers hope the move raises Pinnacles' profile and increases the number of visitors. The bipartisan bill is also sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock.

Part of an ancient volcano, the monument is home to tall rock formations, caves and a variety of wildlife, including 30 endangered California condors.