Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles Campground
3 rating
(3)
Location
Address: 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, California 95043
GPS: 36.493121, -121.146315
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Local Directions: 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
Local Phone: 1-831-389-4538
Website: http://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyo...

Open
All year

  Sites
51 RV Sites, 113 Tent Sites, 14 Group Sites, 37 Electric Only, 113 No Hookup

Rates
Daily Rates: $23.00 - $110.00

Facilities & Services
Dump Station, Hot Showers, Restrooms

Recreation
Hiking, Swimming, Swimming Pool

Policies
Pets Welcome
Description
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Group sites have a capacity of 10 - 20 people and five cars. Each group site has from one to three picnic tables and a fire ring.
Sites
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Total Sites150
RV Sites51
   
Tent Sites113
Group Sites14
   
  
  
Electric Only (37)No Hookup (113)
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  Hours Description Fees
Basic Groceries  
Central Firepits / Fire Rings  
Central Grills  
Central Picnic Tables  
Convenience Store  
Dump Station  
Firewood  
Flush Toilets  
Gift Shop  
Hot Showers  
Ice  
Restrooms  
Recreation
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  Hours Description Fees
Amphitheater  
Bird Watching  
Climbing  
Hiking  
Stargazing  
Swimming  
Swimming Pool  
Wildlife Watching  
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3 star rating
(3)
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3 star rating
Nice NP Campground But Busy At Weekends
JimT80
Silver
May 4, 2013
Campground is located on the East Side of the NP by the visitors center. It has the standard - picnic tables, fire rings, hot showers, restrooms and a store in the visitor's center to get ice, drinks including alcohol, groceries etc. Surprisingly it also has a swimming pool which is great way to cool down and relax after a day of hiking.

The campground is split into two, an RV section nearer the visitor center and then a tent section. I was in the tent section. Sites are fine, but close together and zero privacy. There is little to no shade either and it gets into the 90s during the day.

The campground gets very busy at the weekend and full of kids. People from the bay area tend to stay at the weekend, so it's not a quiet campground then. Also you get some people that park at the visitor center walk through the campground to get to the hiking trails, although most catch the shuttle. During the week the campground is much more quiet.

The NP has some great hiking trails with beautiful views or mountains and pinnacles as well as caves to explore and you'll see some condors overhead. However, it lacks the wow factor of Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyone to name a few. I personally think it should still be a National Monument.

Overall great place to stay during the week to visit the park. The NP is worth a visit. You can cover everything you need to see in 2 days.

We stayed here in a Tent.
 
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