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Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $36.00
This is the only campground near Pinnacles National Park and is located on the east side. The roads leading to the campground are winding, narrow, and one lane each way, but ok as long as you don't actually go 55mph (posted speed limit). We ended up driving as slow as 20-25 on many sections in our motorhome.
Most of the campground has no hookups (no generators allowed), but there is a small section with electric and water spigots located sporadically through the area, there is a dump station (only one) across from the visitors' center. The sites are spacious, level, and easy to back into. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the campground and because it's so large, there were plenty of places to walk around.
The nearest city is about 45 minutes away so bring everything you need before you go camping. There is also no cellular or internet signal in the campground or in the surrounding areas, even with a booster.
Our site had absolutely no shade but other sites do have large trees that do provide some shade. For the water spigots, we only saw one (in front of #86) with threading that would fit a hose. The other spigots had no threading so if you want to fill your tank, you will either need to fill at #86, bring a water bandit, or use a water bladder/container.
We enjoyed the campground and found it pretty and peaceful. We would come back if we were visiting Pinnacles National Park. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.
You can either drive to the east entrance and park at the various day areas/trailheads (need to pay park entrance fee) or take the shuttle from the campground to the day areas. There is also the Bench Trail from the campground that will take you into the national park.
Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $18.00
A handy campground just inside the EASTERN entrance to Pinnacles National Park. Easy check-in inside the National Park's visitor center/camp store. Paved interior roads with gravel sites (expect a bit of leveling), 30A/50A pedestal power at each site, dispersed water spigots around the campground. Dump station. Many sites located in direct sun and several offer partial shade. A rustic feeling but fitting for a National Park feeling. Would return. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $18.00
Campground is located in Pinnacles National Park. Highway 25 to easy side of park is narrow and winding and be alert for possible small rock slides, sometimes with larger rocks present. Campground sites are mostly coarse sand with weathered white lines indicating spaces. Each site has a new 30amp pedestal and agree with other reviews that the sites are strangely placed but with that you get good space, tables and fire pit. You self pay with cash/check or wait until late afternoon for attendant to come by to pay. All sites have post with tags indicating date site is reserved within the next week or it is open for occupancy. In December there were only five other rvs but February thru June, reservations would be recommended as the flowers are blooming and it isn't too hot. Hiked the High Peaks Trail and Cave Trail with no condors and the High Peaks Trail is steep and narrow as stated. Pinnacles National Park is a great hiking park. We camped here in motorhome with a toad. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.
Great hiking park with only 4 miles of roads.
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $18.00
This is a park for school groups. There were at least 3 large groups during the time I was there. They were staying in a group campsite so the traffic within the RV camping area was minimal. There are plenty of hiking trails from easy/moderate to strenuous. There is nothing around the park . Nearest town would be Hollister. I did drive over to the coast traveling from Monterey to Big Sur. A very nice drive along the coast with visits in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea. It was a long dayt rip but well worth it. The park has basic amenities - electric at site, water fill up available and dump station as well. No phone, internet or TV reception. Sites were spaced nicely but no privacy between sites. I was in site 96 which had shade available part of the day from nice tree. I would stay again when in the area. Rate reflects Senior Pass discount. There is a park fee as well that was covered by the pass. I think it's $5 general fee. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $18.00
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. This is a former KOA campground in the newly minted Pinnacles National Park (from a National Monument). The new designation is increasing visitation, so reservations are recommended. This is in an isolated area, so no cell (Verizon) or Verizon data. Most sites will get satellite. The roads to the park are slow and windy, so be prepared to go slowly. Some of the sites have 30 amp and some 50 amp. We were lucky and got a nice 50 amp (good and strong) service. The campground is laid out very strangely, sort of like done by someone that has had too much to drink, but it works OK. There is not a lot of privacy, but it was quite and dark at night. The park is definitely a hiking park. If you are not a hiker, there is not a lot to see. If you are a hiker it is great. We enjoyed our visit, but probably will not return as we have “done” the park. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $35.00
Overall, Pinnacles campground is good. Realize it is 30miles away from any major city (Hollister or King City) and there are no other camping parks in the area. There are quite a few tent campgrounds which looked nice but the hike to the showers/restroom is long. We stayed in the RV park section in a travel trailer which was pretty much dirt spaces and faded caulk lines. There is very little shade in the campgrounds and from walking the RV site area, sites # 91 and 95 are probably the best. The RV sites do have 30amp hook-ups, but that is it. For water, you need to fill your tanks at one of 5 areas. There is a dumping station on site which is nice. There is a nicely stocked general store and a good size pool in walking distance from all campgrounds. This is the 1st national park we have stayed at with a pool. The story goes it actually used to be a KOA property and now managed by someone else. I believe the campground is run separately from the Pinnacles Park itself. If you are a hiker, you need to drive from the campground over to parking areas to hit the trails. The trails are well maintained, but the caves might not all be open; check with the general store prior to hiking. Also, if you like camp fires at night, call in advance as extreme fire conditions did not allow us to burn anything i.e no wood fires or BBQ with briquettes. Gas stoves were OK. This place gets real hot, so bring plenty of water and coverings for shade. Finally, there are lots of critters as mentioned in other posts, so lock your food items up. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $36.00
Spent one night here. I felt $36 was a bit pricey for a site w/electric only. Restrooms were clean. Campsites are well marked. Staff inside store knowledgeable and friendly. Showers are pay for use. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $23.00
This campground, formerly privately owned, is now a part of the Pinnacles National Monument and is slowly being upgraded. A newly electrified area is nearly complete and waiting to be hooked up to mainline power source. Water spigots are scattered through the new area so you might need a long hose in order to fill your tank as you cannot stay connected to the spigot. We were the only ones here mid-week along with deer, wild turkeys, quail, and a bobcat. It was very pleasant and very quiet. At this time of year the store/registration area has very limited hours during the week, but you can self register. We stayed in the older loop where there are currently only a few sites with electricity. At this time non-electric sites are $23 and electric sites are $36. Golden Age passport is honored at 50% discount, and the Pass also waves the monument entrance fee of $5. There is a dump station, but potable water is only available from the scattered spigots (for filling only) in the camping area where a a long hose might be needed to reach your RV. Reservations can be made at "Reserveamerica", but I wouldn't bother during midweek in the winter and early spring. Access to the campground is only from the east side of the monument on Hwy 146, off of Hwy 25. Hwy 25 is a nice alternative to I-5 or Hwy 101 and we often use it as a crossover between I-5 and 101. It is a country road, but very negotiable for large rigs. Because of the curves speed is 25-35mph, but it takes you through cattle and horse ranching areas, vineyards and agriculture, and is green in the winter and spring. If you have the time, it is well worth the diversion. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2006 - $25.00
This is a picturesque naturalist oriented park that can accommodate about 30 30+ foot RV's with 30A power. Has unique circular parking arrangement with electric only at each site. You can fill potable water at office. Office and general store has limited hours. Dump available. Lots of wildlife wandering through park. I have been here during Summer and the Park Rangers give great evening talks by firelight. Very quiet. Seasonal pool. I like this park, but can understand why others wouldn't. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2006 - $25.00
This campground is now part of Pinnacle National Monument and accordingly offers a 50% discount with Golden Age Passport. Nightly rate with electrical starts at $25 for two people and goes to $40 for 6 people, the maximum number of people allowed in one site. Water and dump available but only electrical at sites, side by side. There are three loops with electrical with 12 sites in each loop. Each loop has a central picnic table area and fire ring area, four of each. Several old rigs in Loops 92 and 93 that appeared to have been there for some time and unoccupied. Paved road to sites but dirt at sites. There is a pool. We checked the place out as a possible destination to take our grandkids for a few day. No cell phone service. Self-registration in process when we made our visit. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2005 - $23.00
This camp ground is next to Pinnacles National Park. The park is known for its condors breeding ground and rock climbing. The camp ground is rather rustic. The camp sites are arranged in a big circle, you set up like spokes of a wheel. Electric is at your rig, water is shared by a central spigot in the middle of the 'wheel'. There are three of these wheels. The camp ground manager is not the nicest person in the world. She is right, you are wrong even when you can prove that you are right. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Great hiking park with only 4 miles of roads.RJourney • December 2014
You can either drive to the east entrance and park at the various day areas/trailheads (need to pay park entrance fee) or take the shuttle from the campground to the day areas. There is also the Bench Trail from the campground that will take you into the national park.LifeRebooted • April 2015
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