FAQ

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Where is Pinnacles National Park Campground?

Pinnacles National Park is located in between Hollister and King City off of Highway 25 in the Salinas Valley. Pinnacles Campground is located on the east side of the park and cannot be accessed from the west side. Visit our Find Us page for more information.


What is the best time to visit?

The park and campground are open year-round and good weather can be had during any month of the year. Spring and fall are popular times for their milder temperatures, however.  And for those who like to see the local wildflowers bloom, March through May is the best time as 80 percent of the Park’s plants flower between those months.


How much is it to camp?

RV with Electric: $40

Standard Tent Nonelectric: $30

Group Standard Nonelectric: 1–10 people: $75, 11-20 people: $110


How far in advance should I book?

Weekends and holiday periods often sell out months in advance so best to book early. Group Sites can be booked up to 12 months in advance. Individual tent and RV sites can be booked up to 6 months in advance.


What is there to see at Pinnacles National Park?

Talus Caves, High Peaks, Bear Gulch Reservoir, wildflowers, California condor & other birds, historic ranch house, clear night skies and friendly knowledgeable staff.


Are pets allowed?

Pets are allowed on leash in the campground area but not on trails or other areas of the Park to protect from impacts to sensitive plants and animals.


What time is the store open?

9:30am–5:00pm, seven days per week. If you arrive after the store is closed, you can check yourself into your campsite. Registration forms can be found outside of the store near the bulletin board.


How do I book a site?

You can make a booking at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777 . Walk up reservations may also be made at the campground on the day of your arrival subject to availability.


How hard is it to get a walk up site?

We do have a limited number of first come, first served sites, also known as “walk up sites”. During the week outside of Summer and Spring Breaks, it is usually easy to get a walk up site but on Friday and Saturdays these sites are gone very quickly. Any site that is not reserved in the recreation.gov system is also available for walk ups on the same day. We encourage all campers to book in advance whenever possible. If you are not successful in getting a walk up site, we can point you to some other nearby camping locations (15-30 minutes away).


Are there showers and bathrooms?

There are coin operated hot showers located near the pool. It is $0.50 for 3 minutes. Please help us conserve water and limit showers to 3 minutes. There are flushing toilets located at each camping loop, except the RV loop which is a short walk to the bathroom/showers near the pool.