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part ofPinnacles National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Pinnacles Campground is located in the unique Pinnacles National Park, 32 miles south of Hollister, California.

The park encompasses 26,000 acres of spectacular rock formations and remnants of an extinct 23 million-year old volcano.

Hiking and rock climbing are very popular activities in Pinnacles, as is watching for the majestic California condor overhead. Pinnacles National Park is a nesting place for the endangered soaring bird, the largest in North America.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a rolling landscape dotted with shady Valley Oak, Blue Oak and Coast Live Oak trees. A gentle, seasonal creek runs through the grounds.

Springtime finds Pinnacles bursting with a wide variety of vivid wildflowers that line every trail and fill entire meadows with color.

Deer and wild turkeys roam the area, and condors can be viewed from within the campground. The park ranges in elevation from 824 feet along South Chalone Creek to 3,304 feet atop North Chalone Peak.


Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Many trails intersect, allowing for a short loop or a longer all-day hike. Popular destinations include Bear Gulch Reservoir, High Peaks and the Balconies area. The Bench Trail provides direct access to the park from the campground.

Visitors enjoy exploring Balconies Cave and Bear Gulch Cave, which houses a large colony of Townsend's big-eared bats. Bring a flashlight!

Rock climbers flock to Pinnacles for the variety of climbing routes that range from easy top-ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.


Pinnacles Campground is located on the eastern side of the park and is open year-round. It offers family and group tent sites, as well as RV sites with electric hookups. Roads and parking spurs are gravel. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Showers are available for a fee. A general store with basic foods and camping supplies is located on-site. A swimming pool is located within the campground and is open from April through September.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood Vendor
  • First Aid Kit
  • General Store
  • Geological Attractions
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Campground Store & Office Hours: Mon-Thurs., 3 p.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., Noon-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Campground fees do not include the per-vehicle entry fee to the park, charged upon arrival
  • RV sites have hookups at 120 volts with 30-amp service; Bring appropriate adapters if needed; Tent and group sites have no hook-ups
  • Swimming pool open from April 1 through Sept. 30
  • No gathering of firewood
  • Campfires are permitted in the campground, but this is subject to change without warning
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  • No RV's allowed in the group sites.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.46639, -121.17611
36°27'59"N, 121°10'34"W

Pinnacles National Park is located 32 miles south of Hollister, CA on Hwy 25 and 29 miles northeast of King City, CA on Hwy 25. Campground is located on the east side of Pinnacles National Park off Hwy 25.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

5000 HWY 146
Paicines  CA  95043

Phone Number:

Information:  (831)389-4538
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