Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Pinnacles

Natural World

The rolling chaparral and dramatic rock faces of Pinnacles National Monument inspire loyalty in visitors, from picnickers to rock-climbers, and from stargazers to cave explorers. Pinnacles is visually stunning, as anyone who has seen the smooth orb of the moon glide from behind the crags of the High ...

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Geology

The faults within the Pinnacles National Monument mark distinct boundaries in geology. The Pinnacles Fault juxtaposes granitic basement rock west of the fault and the Pinnacles Volcanic Formation east of the fault. The Chalone Creek fault juxtaposes the Pinnacles Volcanic Formation west of the fault and the Temblor ...

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Plants

Vegetation at Pinnacles National Monument may be broadly grouped into five major habitat types or vegetation associations, described below. These associations result from a web of interactions amongst the various plant species and such factors as soil type, direction of exposure, slope, moisture regime and fire history. Recognizing the ...

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Animals

Although Pinnacles National Monument is not home to such charismatic megafauna as bison, bears, or blue whales, it supports healthy populations of many kinds of smaller animals such as bobcats, bats, and bees. There are 149 species of birds, 49 mammals, 22 reptiles, 6 amphibians, 68 butterflies, 36 dragonflies ...

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