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Pinnacles National Monument

lava tunnels

National Monument
Paicenes, CA

deer wildlife
lava California
Nearby towns w/ lodging:
King City
Salinas City
San Juan Bautista
California Pinnacles


  • check with the ranger for back country camping restrictions.
pinnacles hiking lava rocks
volcano area ancient volcano


The big campground here has over 100 sites, but they are well spaced out on several loops with shady oak trees, large meadows, and a creek. Warmer months can be quite hot here, so make sure you bring water & not hike mid-day. Also try the walk-in campground below with walk-in spots for more seclusion.

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Primitive Camping

 camp  sites  elev.  veg  toilet  water  contact  fee
Walk Ins
 23  1000 ?  grass  vault  piped Park HQ 831-389-4485  yes
[Ancient volcanic clusters & caves, jagged pinnacles]
Hwy.101 Soledad, drive 11 mi. northeast to Hwy.146 to the campground.
Hwy.25, take Hwy.146 to Pinnacles NP
NOTE: Hwy. 146 does not join!

Pinnacles Hiking

This pinnacles area is a great day trip from the Monterey or San Francisco Bay area. Plenty of hiking trails among these bazaar volcanic landscapes. Summer months can be very hot, so plan accordingly.


This region is porous lava rock. You are advised to talk to a ranger for rock climbing restrictions and purchase a guide book for specific routes.

Pinnacles National Monument
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