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Pinnacles National Park, California

Pinnacles Campground

Pinnacles National Park, California


2400 Pinnacles Hwy
Pinnacles National Park, California 95043
Phone: (831) 389-4538

Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $20 5/2017

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Latitude: 36.49373733303
Longitude: -121.14698052406
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.50 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.50
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are much closer than you'd expect for a National Park, with no barriers between sites. There's no enforcement of rules about number of tents/cars per site, so on a weekend we saw one site with 8 tents and 4 cars! It's very noisy. Many groups visit and bring their kids. I expect noise with kids, but adults also scream, and play loud music. Don't come on weekends if that will bother you! Road is dusty and full of very large potholes. Trash at sites is not cleaned up. Electric posts accept 50 amp plugs but only offer 30 amp service. It's very hard to get a host to help with anything, but that's what you have to do to get your power turned back on. No drinking water available except in the campground, where you have to partially block the road to get it. Overall, however, this is really the only game in town if you want to hike at Pinnacles. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring everything you'll need. The closest store is Hollister, 40 minutes away. Don't expect to see much unless you are willing to hike.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Pinnacles National Park is yet another set of volcanic formations on the west coast, this time in central California. When we were there (mid-late May), it was 96 degrees during the daytime, and in the 50's at night. The park is a long way from civilization. Sites are dirt and gravel. There is 20/30A electric at the site, threaded water spigots scattered around the campground, and a dump station near the office. No generators allowed, so if it's hot when you're there, you need an RV site to have air conditioning. The sites are not huge, but spacious enough. Some big rig friendly sites, but mostly smaller sites. About 3/4 of the sites had partial shade. The rest were in full sun. There is a small swimming pool near the office. When we were there, a group of high school kids was in one of the group campsites, and the pool was FULL of well behaved kids. There is absolutely no cell service. No TV. Satellite would probably be fine. The campground had wifi, $10 for your entire stay. It only really worked if you were next to the office, but if you need internet, you need internet. The restrooms near the office were filthy dirty, and the showers were broken. The restrooms in the group camping area were clean and everything worked. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

You are in the middle of nowhere. It's a long drive if you've forgotten anything, so be prepared to be self sufficient. The main activities here are hiking and rock climbing. The only way to see the views is to hike in, so if you're not interested in hiking, there isn't much to do here.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived on a sunny Sunday afternoon in March. The RV sites were less than half occupied; most people in the park were there for day use. By Monday the RV sites were full. However, the area was very quiet all day and night. There is a campground store near the main entrance, but not open all day during weekdays this time of year. Restrooms were clean and well-maintained throughout the day except the men's room was always out of hand soap. First-world problem! We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great for the variety of hiking trails you can get to directly from the campground and from a short drive to a couple of day-use starting points. March is a good time to stay here as the weather is usually in the upper 60s - upper 70s during the day and into the 40s at night. The road into and out of the park is on the East entrance and is a bit windy for about 20 minutes. Not a problem for our truck and 23ft trailer but a bit more slow-going for larger motorcoaches.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in site 89 in the RV loop which has electric connections. Water is available to fill your tank, and a dump station is available to dump your tanks. Site was spacious although some are closer together. It was great seeing the wildlife (birds, rabbits, deer) from our campsite. We were close to the trails into the Pinnacles so it was an ideal location for us. This site was in shade half the time. Weather was moderate and it rained the evening of our last day so it didn't slow us down. This is a good time to visit this park. We will be back. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 2 days. This camp site is clean and have coin showers and a swimming pool. This camp site also have a store for most of daily needs. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived without reservations, and decided to take a tent site because the RV sites were too open for our liking. It was a long but pleasant walk to the showers, which are coin-operated. There is a lot of poison oak here, so be sure to keep your pet out of it. We thought we had done a good job of avoiding it, but we still got a bit of a rash a few days later. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-60
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There is a nice gift shop here, and a free shuttle vehicle to the trail heads during the busy season. The pool was not yet open for the season when we were there (late March). Pinnacles has some excellent hikes, with a good possibility of seeing California condors (we were not lucky enough to see any). But the spring wildflowers were beautiful, and the views along the trails were very scenic.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, quiet NPS campground with 30A electric only for RVs. There is a RV dump station, and a water-bib adjacent to site 86 (lucky us!). Sites are ample although I wouldn't call them spacious. Some sites obviously better than others. Staff was friendly, and we definitely would stay here again. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at the Pinnacles Campground over Presidents Day weekend 2016. The campground was full. All the RV sites are in Loop "D" which is close to the entrance. The RV sites have power (110 plugs, 30A and 50A all in the box). There are non-hose threaded drinking water spigots throughout the loop that can be used to fill containers and one hose threaded spigot near the loop entrance that can be used to fill a water tank. A dump station (free) is available.

The sites are ample, we didn't feel crowded at all. Some sites have more shade than others. The sites on the outside of the loop that run along CSR 25 seem to have more shade and the most room. We have a 31" motor home. Our site could have easily handled a much larger MH.

The park is clean and mostly well maintained. The picnic table at our site could use a little TLC. All the sites have a large metal fire ring with a BBQ grate.

The park is operated by a concessionaire, not the National Parks Service, but is patrolled by NPS Rangers and campground staff.

The bathroom/shower is a short walk from Loop D. Two showers. Water pressure was good and the water was plenty warm. There is a sandy gravely area in front of bathrooms which tracks into the bathroom. The floor is dirty immediately after being cleaned .. which seems to occur on a regular basis. There are no hooks or shelves to hang/place toiletries.

The office/store/visitor center is at the entrance. They were well stocked with most everything you might need. There is also a pool which opens sometime around April.

Everybody from the NPS staff, the rangers and the campground staff was friendly and helpful.

Something to consider, if you can do without the electrical, a lot of the tent sites are beautiful, secluded and very shady.

In addition to the camp site fee you must pay a National Parks entrance fee, it was $15 per vehicle per week during our stay.

Campfires may or may not be permitted depending on the fire danger. If campfires are allowed, bring your own wood!!! Firewood is $11 for a small bundle if purchased at the camp store.

NPS runs a shuttle to the trailheads.

We were very happy with our stay and intend to return. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
98 Loop D
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A wonderful facility far from the maddening crowds. The road is a bit curvy for towing but once there you are in outdoor paradise. Quiet at night and dark enough to see the milky way. Would stay here again and again. Do know that there is no cell service but with the beauty it surely is not needed. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

No fires allowed due to California extreme drought.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We had the senior rate otherwise it is overpriced. Pool was closed for the season even though it was still very hot there. Women's shower was closed when we were there. There is no reception for anything there. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Tips for other Campers:

The caves are fun to go to, start your hike early as it gets very hot.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped here the last week of May. Arrived on Wednesday. Camp was quiet. There was wildlife galore. Wild turkeys, deer, huge jack rabbits. It is a bird-nerd's paradise. On Friday night it got busier and by Saturday it was packed. Wildlife left. Sites 97 - 100 stack you up and your back window may be looking onto someone's picnic table. There are many sites where you have more privacy. Choose carefully. A couple sites leave your front door facing the road. Overall, it is a wonderful park. There is a pool, visitor center and convenience store. Bring what you need because you will be about 35 miles from the closest town. You will also pay an extra $10 as the entrance fee for the National Park. We took a moonlit hike guided by a retired ranger. Wonderful experience. Would definitely visit here again. May not want to visit here in summer. Would be very warm. Sites were level. No fires allowed. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
99
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Take the guided moonlit hike if available. For adults only. Bring your binoculars. Great place for birders. Lots of wildlife. Unfortunately we did not see the condors.

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Review Count: 364
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

The best way I can describe this park is "rustic". Other than a fairly good size swimming pool, there is not a whole lot else for amenities. The roads are paved, but the sites are dirt and gravel, and weeds grow freely in the sites. The individual sites are chalked out, kind of like a little league baseball field, just not near as straight. Some of the sites are big and roomy, and others are chalked on top of each other. When I hooked up to the electrical box I noted that there were 50, 30, and 20 amp receptacles in the box. I plugged into the 50 amp plug and closed the box door. However on the outside of the door a sticker read "30 amp electrical only". The major (and only) real draw to the park is hiking. There are trails of various lengths and difficulty from easy to strenuous. We did one 5 mile hike that took us on an elevation change of 600'. The other less popular activities are bird watching, and stargazing. The sky here is total darkness at night. The cell service here in near zero, and I only say near because we managed to get brief weak signal either late at night or very early in the morning. And that was with our Verizon air card in the router, with a power booster and an exterior antenna. The cell phones themselves had zero signal. The on site restrooms and showers are old, and not handicapped accessible. Two portable toilets were nearby that had handicapped access, but still no handicapped shower facility. There is a store on site, but it was closed up while we were here, so I am not sure if it was operating or not. The camping fees at the park were $37 a night for an electrical hook up site, and that doesn't include a $10 National Park entry fee, if you don't have a National Parks Pass. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 138
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 73

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
92
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

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.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Great hiking park with only 4 miles of roads.

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