Pinnacles National Park

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Located in central California, Pinnacles National Park was established as America’s 59th National Park on January 10, 2013. Known as ‘The Park on the Move’, Pinnacles is of geological significance, and actually moves about 3-6 centimeters a year! In fact the park is now 195 miles north of its original location. Pinnacles boasts beautiful and diverse habitats that range from spectacular wildflowers to oak woodlands and chaparral scrub, caves and rock spires. These habitats are home to over 140 birds species of birds, 49 mammals, 22 reptiles, 8 amphibians, 71 butterflies, 41 dragonflies and damselflies, more than 400 bee species! Enjoy hiking trails, rock climbing, exploring caves, star gazing, camping and bird watching. Keep your eyes open for a lucky glimpse of a California condor, as this park also manages a release site for captive bred California condors.

Location & Local Communities: Pinnacles National Park is about 50 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 140 miles south of the San Francisco Bay area. It has two entrances, the East Entrance is on CA 146 coming from Hollister or King City, and the West Entrance on CA 146 coming from Soledad. Note, CA 146 does not run through the park, so you cannot drive through the park from one entrance to the other. Local gateway communities on the east include: Paicines (approx. 17 miles), Tres Pinos (approx. 22 miles), Hollister (approx. 30 miles), and San Juan Bautista (approx. 37 miles), and Gilroy (approx. 50 miles). The western side of the park is part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and is near Soledad (approx. 10 miles), King City (approx. 25 miles), Salinas (approx. 40 miles) and Monterey (approx. 60 miles).

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