Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

News Release

Pinnacles National Park Reactivates Shuttle Service on East Side

Shuttle will take visitors from the campground overflow parking lot to the Bear Gulch Day Use Area.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

News

Six condor chicks spotted on Central Coast this year after population decline in 2020

But lead poisoning caused seven of this year’s nine condor deaths to date and is considered a top threat to the long endangered species.

Pinnacles Fire Photo Credit: Chris Symons / NPS. Used by permission

News

Fire in Pinnacles National Park

Cal Fire and local agencies respond quickly and stay on the fire overnight.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors begin to nest

At least three eggs have been laid since mid-February.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Environment / Nature

West side of Pinnacles National Park and Balconies trail closed

Closure will allow staff to remove down trees, repair trail washouts and mitigate any safety concerns.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

2021 climbing advisories in effect at Pinnacles National Park

Restrictions implemented to protect nesting birds of prey.

Condor #986 takes his first flight. Photo courtesy of NPS/Sarah Marquez.

Environment / Nature

Juvenile condors join the Central Coast flock

Helping to rebuild the population following devastating losses, biologists successfully release 11 as two wait in the wings for their turn.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Dolan Fire devastates Central Coast condor population

Pinnacles National Park and Ventana Wildlife Society say it’s ‘the single biggest loss of condors from a wildfire since releases began in California in 1992.’

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park modifies fire restrictions

Most trails and the road to Bear Gulch re-open.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park to reopen west entrance

All park trails remain closed except for the Bench and Sycamore trails due to high fire danger and the overloading of the national wildland fire response system.

Pinnacles Condor Recovery Crew member Gavin Emmons taking #1033 from nest. Photo courtesy of Alacia Welch.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors fall victim to Dolan Fire

Two chicks perish, nine free-flying adults remain missing.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park temporarily closes west unit and most hiking trails

Closures in effect until conditions change in relation to wildland fire danger.

Day visitors Jane Packard, John Grafton and Olga Herbert picnicking near the visitor center after hiking to Bear Gulch. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park busy during pandemic

It’s open for day use and camping.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Tourism efforts are key to economic vitality in county

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that enhanced tourism efforts should be at the forefront of economic development in San Benito County.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo by John Chadwell.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park increasing recreational access to east side of park

Campground remains open for visitors with existing reservations.