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Pinnacles Campground

Pinnacles National Park, California


2400 Pinnacles Hwy
Pinnacles National Park, California 95043
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.49374
Longitude: -121.14698

Elevation: 1066' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I stayed in a slip in the RV loop which backed up to the main road. It was very quiet. We had partial shade but some slips were full sun. We really enjoyed the camp and watching the Turkey Vultures. Seriously, it was cool. During the afternoon we were inside with AC since it was so hot. Early in the morning (6 AM) we would leave to go on hikes in the park which were beautiful and fun. What an interesting area. We didn't swim in the pool but many people did. We used the camp showers which required quarters and were not in great repair. They were dirty and old. There is a movie on week-end nights which was fun but not related to the park at all. We enjoyed it and will come back. Next time we will come in early Spring or late Fall. Summer is too hot. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

Bring good binoculars. Take the cave hikes.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a rustic park. The sites are large with plenty of room for our 34' motorhome. There are plenty of shade trees. The sites are gravel and dirt. No water at the site so be sure to fill your fresh water tank before you park. There are a couple of threaded water faucets within the park. The electricity worked fine, there are 30 and 50 amp plugs but only the 30 amp works. Lots of potholes, so be careful getting to your site. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Great hikes in the National Park. We hiked around bat caves and up to a scenic reservoir. We saw a bobcat, deer, and heard raccoons and coyotes at night.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

For a new National Park, this campground needs serious work. There are no bathrooms in the RV area, and the closest one near the store/visitor center was dirty and run down. I suggest leveling the building and building a new one. I ended up using the bathroom in the tent area, which was actually slightly closer and was clean. There was wi-fi for $10 on one device for the entire stay, but it only worked at the store/visitor center. That did not bother me. The store is fairly well stocked. There are hiking trails and it is very quiet at night. My picnic table was in crummy shape and probably needed to be replaced. I noticed some other picnic tables looked new. Overall, the NPS needs to put some money into this campground to bring it up to the same standard as other NPS campgrounds. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
105
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 159
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 45

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

Our backin site was high with only electric and water spigot near by. Satellite worked well. WiFi at 10.00 per stay on one device at office area only. Lots of turkeys, quail in park. Very primitive but we enjoyed it. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Chose this park to view California condors and we were successful on all 3 days. They were high in trees and flying above the mountain ridge but very visible with good binoculars and spotting scope.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

The campsite is rustic and well off the beaten path. The staff was friendly and helpful. The campground has lovely, old growth oak trees. There's a swimming pool to help cool off. There's no Wi-Fi except at the store, and no water/sewer available at the site (but it is close by). Very quiet. And if there is no moon at night, the Milky Way is easily viewable (very little light pollution). I will re-visit for the hiking. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There's a camp store but don't count on it for big ticket items. The campground can only be driven to from the east so make sure you understand the map/GPS.

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Review Count: 231
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 28

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

We camped in the RV portion of the Pinnacles National Park. The campground needs work, it is laid out in a crazy fashion, and the sites are hard to determine. We switched sites for electrical reasons and they charged us $5.00 to move even though there were many sites available. This National Park needs work. There is no water at the sites, there are spigots around the park but only one appears to be threaded for filling your tank.On the other hand the drive up into the hiking area is beautiful. You have to hike to get to the pinnacles themselves. My husband ran along the river to the cave and loved it. We were here in June and it was too hot for much activity except in the early morning. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Not impressed. The only pro would be that the campground is very close to the park. Cons: Absolutely no cell or Internet service. Can pay $10 per device, but WiFi will only work at the office not at your site. The visitor center was ran by one rude park ranger and a couple of unknowledgeable volunteers. It seems like a run down state park rather then a National Park. They do have a medium size pool which was nice but NO seating. The showers were filthy and was .50 cents for 3 mins. Also, the road to the RV sites had multiple pot holes and not well kept. There is not much to Pinnacles NP. Now if you like longer hikes or rock climbing, this is the spot. Otherwise, it takes about 20 mins to drive through the park and not much to do at the campground. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
96
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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: 71
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 41

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

As others have noted, dusty and some of the sites are are not located well. Our site had some beautiful old trees and quite a bit of space between us and the road to the rear. The site (97) was large enough for our big rig and Jeep. Site 102 is another good option for large rigs. Sites on the outside ring are better than the interior. The park is definitely worth a visit and the campground is the best place to stay. The tent campground has some really nice spots. No Verizon. Dump station required some maneuvering to get properly situated. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 9

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: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 16
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: 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: 11
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: 66
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 19

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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