Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Camping

Pinnacles Campground is located near the east entrance of the park and offers tent, group, and RV sites. Each tent and group site has a picnic table and fire ring. RV sites have electrical hookups and share community tables and barbecue pits. Water spigots are located throughout the campground. Oak trees provide shade in many of the sites.

A new concessioner for the campground store is in the process of moving in, and the store will not be operational until late december or early January. If you are planning to visit before then, please keep in mind that you will need to bring all of your own camping supplies, including firewood, ice, food, and drinks.

Showers and a dump station are located nearby. During the spring and summer, ranger programs are offered on weekends at the campground amphitheater.

Reservations for Pinnacles Campground can be made up to five months in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov or calling (877) 444-6777.

Pinnacles Campground is operated by the National Park Service. It has been part of the park since March 2006, but was operated by a concessionaire until December 2007. Pinnacles Campground was privately owned and operated until March 2006.

Campground Information

Pinnacles Campground has 149 sites:

 area quantity capacity

elec

water

price

Tent

99

6

 no

nearby

$23

RV

36

6

yes

nearby

$36

Group

14

1-20

no

nearby

1-10: $75
11-20: $110

Campground facilities include: 

  • showers
  • garbage and recycling containers
  • comfort stations 
  • dump station

Tent Sites
Each tent site has a picnic table and fire ring, and restrooms are located in each loop. Loop A is closest to the visitor center and campground store. Loop C is the most secluded loop.

RV Sites
Each RV site has electrical hookups. There is a community water spigot in each RV loop that is shared by twelve sites. In the center of each RV loop are picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a fire ring.

Group Sites
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.

Group Camping

There are 14 group sites at Pinnacles Campground. Each has picnic tables, a fire ring, nearby water spigots, and parking for up to five vehicles. Up to 20 people can camp in a group site.

For groups larger than 20 people, it may be possible to reserve two adjoining group sites. Check the campground map to locate adjoining sites.

You can make reservations up to five months in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov or calling (877)444-6777.

If you're bringing a group to Pinnacles National Monument, please take a moment to review our campground rules and our park safety information.

Parking may be limited on weekends at trailheads and day use areas within the park. You may want to consider hiking from the campground. Destinations that are within walking distance include Bear Gulch Nature Center and Trailheads (2.3 mi), Bear Gulch Cave and reservoir (3.3 mi), the South Wilderness Trail (0.6 mi), and Balconies (3.7 mi). For more information, please visit our trails page.

If you're not able to hike into the park, consider shuttling your group in and leaving most of your vehicles at your campsite. On weekends in the spring, you can also ride our park shuttle.

Campground Rules

Your cooperation in following these rules and regulations is vital in protecting your monument's beauty and natural features.

Do not feed wildlife.
Wild animals such as squirrels, pigs, raccoons, and birds are commonly seen at the Pinnacles Campground. They can pass diseases to humans, and can even be aggressive if they become accustomed to getting handouts from campers. To ensure the safety of you and your family, please keep a safe distance.

If you feed wildlife, intentionally or unintentionally, you could be cited under 36 CFR 2.10(d) or 2.2(a)(2).

To keep yourself and park wildlife safe:

  • Never feed wildlife.
  • Store all of your food and scented items in your vehicle when not in use.
  • Act immediately to scare animals away if they approach your food.
  • Dispose of food properly.

Camp only in designated sites.
At Pinnacles National Monument, camping or sleeping in vehicles is only permitted in designated campsites. Camping is not allowed outside the boundaries of the Pinnacles Campground.

Observe fire regulations.
Check with the campground store for current fire danger conditions. During periods of increased fire danger, wood fires are not allowed. You may burn compressed log products such as Duraflame logs, which can be purchased at the campground store. Fires must always be attended and put out with water completely when not attended. Firewood collection is not permitted at Pinnacles National Monument.

Respect quiet hours.
Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Generator use is prohibited at all times.

Follow pet regulations.
Pets are not allowed on trails. They are allowed in the campground and in paved and developed areas, and must be on a leash at all times. Pets cannot be left unattended, in or out of vehicles. If you plan to hike, it may be best to leave your pet at home.

Collecting is not allowed.
Everything is protected within your national monument, including rocks, animals, and pine cones. Please leave them where you find them for the next park visitors to see. Wood gathering for fires is prohibited.

Use electrical cords only in RV sites.
Electrical extension cords may not be connected to campground restroom outlets.

Follow limits on campsite capacity.
A maximum of six people (including children) and two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Both vehicles must be parked on the parking pad. Extra vehicles must be parked in the Sandy Creek parking area.

Take care of your food and trash.
Leftover food and trash is not only an inconvenience for the next camper to use your site, it can also pose a danger to campground wildlife. Garbage and recycling containers can be found throughout the campground. Please leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

Thank you for your cooperation.