Hiking, caving, climbing and wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate Pinnacles National Monument. The monument includes 24,500 acres and is a part of the Gabilan Mountains. Elevation ranges from 824 feet to 3,304 feet. The area has incredible rock formations, and the Pinnacles Rocks are believed to be part of an ancient volcano. There are two talus caves that the public can visit: The Bear Gulch Cave and the Balconies Cave. The Bear Gulch Cave is only open at certain times of the year to protect the Townsend's big-eared bats that live there. There are more than 30 miles of hiking trails here.
Off U.S. Highway 101 near Soledad, Calif.
Open daily. No overnight camping or backpacking. The Bear Gulch Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year round. The Chaparral Ranger Station and the parking lot near the park's west entrance is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year round.
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Pinnacles National Monument