site: Pinnacles West

Pinnacles National Park - West side

  • Visitors, including astronomers, must pay day use fees (unless you have a national park pass). Fees are currently $30 for a vehicle.
  • West side entrance has an automatic gate that closes to incoming traffic at 8pm, but allows leaving at any time.
  • Directions: Take US 101 south to Soledad, take highway 146 to Pinnacles.
  • is a handy map for the whole park.
  • setup areas on west side include the parking lot near the Visitors Center, as well as the Chaparral Trailhead at the end of the road.
  • GPS Coordinates of Visitor Contact Station Parking: 36.478179, -121.226261 Access is from Soledad on highway 101, take state route 146 to the park.
  • stay away from the Visitor Contact Station building after dark, it has some blindingly bright motion sensor floodlamps that won't shut off for 20 minutes.