Pinnacle's Centennial

On Friday, January 16th, 2009, Pinnacles National turns 101 years old and transitions into its next 100 years.

Please join us Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th as we celebrate our 101st Birthday. If you missed our first 100 years, now is the time to come out and discover the essence of Pinnacles. Ranger programs and activities highlight this January weekend.

Pinnacles 101
Friday night, 7:00 pm
Campground Amphitheater
Join a park ranger for this informal discussion that will cover the basics of Pinnacles, including things you can see, hikes you can take, and ways to make the most of your time here.

Condors 101
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 to 11:00 am and 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Spotting Scopes located in the campground
Stop by anytime during these informal talks to learn what the next 100 years may have in store for California condors and the condor program here at Pinnacles.

Habitat Restoration 101
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00
Pinnacles Visitor Center, Campground
Briefly learn about invasive plants and how park staff manages these botanical threats. Stick around to try your hand at pulling Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a common campground weed.

Geology 101
Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 pm
Bear Gulch Nature Center
Come learn about the fiery past and slow-moving present of the rocks at Pinnacles, and what changes to expect in the next century.

Pinnacles National Monument Centennial
Celebrating our first 100 years of preservation.

Pinnacles National Monument is proud to celebrate our first 100 years. Throughout 2008, Centennial events will highlight the legacy of local initiative and support that was instrumental in the preservation of Pinnacles.

From the first settlers of Bear Valley and a group of World War I Veterans to several different government agencies, Pinnacles has had early, continuous and prudent protection for over a century. The result is a glimpse into an ecological island relatively undisturbed and unencumbered by current land use practices, commercial development, and invasive plants and animals. But beyond this physical landscape, Pinnacles National Monument is a microcosm of a way of life rapidly disappearing from the Central California coast region.

It is because of this long standing support that we pay tribute to our local residents during our centennial and beyond. We are strengthening our commitment to these communities by reciprocating the dedication and support to those who have sustained us through the years. While we are commemorating this past, we are looking to the next generation of stewards to ensure that Pinnacles National Monument stays relevant for the next 100 years.


Last updated: February 28, 2015

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Mailing Address:

5000 East Entrance Road
Paicines , CA 95043


831 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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