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Located in west-central California, Pinnacles National Park is an ecological wonder with volcanic peaks, spires, and cliffs that jut upward toward the sky. Pinnacles National Park encompasses part of the Gabilan Range. Located a short drive from the Monterey Wine Country and King City, visitors camping at Pinnacles National Park will enjoy easy access to the sights and sounds of surrounding cities and towns.
Book an RV in San Benito County and explore all the activities near Pinnacles National Park, from rock climbing and hiking in the park to wine tastings at local vineyards. Visitors may also want to check out RV rentals in Salinas, which is only an hour southeast of Pinnacles National Park.
There are two distinctive caves in Pinnacles National Park which are open to the public during specific times of the year. Be sure to verify when the caves are open, and then plan a week or so of RV camping at Pinnacles National Park. Bear Gulch Cave hosts the largest maternity colony of Townsend’s big-eared bats between San Francisco and Mexico. The bats give birth here in the spring and summer. The cave closes when the maternity colony is still present so the bats are undisturbed. The Balconies Cave usually remains open when the Bear Gulch Cave is closed.
Rock climbing at Pinnacles National Park is one of the more exhilarating activities the park has to offer. Climbers ranging from beginner to expert can test their abilities on the park’s cliffs and spires. Pinnacles National Park has many different multi-pitch climbs found along Machete Ridge. Beginner climbers are advised to climb with a buddy or hire an experienced climber to work with them. Raptors call many parts of Pinnacles National Park home, so be sure to ask about any raptor advisories before you begin climbing.
A more moderate outdoor activity that many visitors of Pinnacles National Park enjoy is birdwatching. RV camping at Pinnacles National Park allows you to relax in style and still observe some of the 160 bird species that call the park home. Many birders camp for a while in hopes of spotting the endangered California condor; however, it may be just as exciting to view the raptors as they prepare their nests for their young.
Pinnacles National Park Campground caters to tent and RV campers with dozens of campsites and useful amenities. Most RV campsites have electric hookups as well as communal picnic tables and grills. Potable water is available within walking distance of most campsites. Coin-operated showers are available, and a dump station is located near the campground entrance. If you need to restock your camping supplies, stop by the campground store. Those planning to camp in an RV at Pinnacles National Park would be wise to reserve their site in advance.
There are other options besides camping at Pinnacles National Park. The San Benito RV Resort located in Paicines is just minutes from the park and features live entertainment. A golf course is also nearby, and angling enthusiasts can go fishing minutes from the RV resort. Standard amenities, including restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, are available, in addition to relaxing activities like a spa, hot tub, and on-site restaurant. Electric hookups and a dump station are also provided for RV campers.
For those wanting to visit Pinnacles National Park and Monterey wine country, Yanks RV Resort in Salinas might be a great choice for camping with an RV. It’s only minutes from many of the tasting rooms in wine country and Pinnacles National Park. Yanks RV Resort has full hookups, as well as a pool, spa, and fitness center. Your dog can stretch their legs at the dog park and wash off in the pet bathing area, and you can relax and enjoy cable TV and free Wi-Fi.
Be sure to rent a camper near Pinnacles National Park if you don’t own your own rig and explore the areas surrounding the park. While in the area, take a trip to the Monterey wine country and visit some of the tasting rooms. You’ll find a variety of vineyards that use different types of grapes to produce some tasty wines. Some vineyards offer tours so visitors can learn more about the wine-making process and how to appreciate a quality wine.
Make a stop in Salinas and visit the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrated author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas in 1902, and the local communities surrounding Salinas inspired many of his works. The National Steinbeck Center houses a museum and cultural center that pays tribute to Steinbeck’s life and legacy.
For those who enjoy race cars and life in the fast lane, Laguna Seca may be an excellent addition to your Pinnacles National Park itinerary. Many international racing events are held in Laguna Seca, including the FIM Superbike World Championship. Opened in 1957, Laguna Seca's racetrack is best known for its corkscrew section that keeps drivers and fans on their toes during a race. Be sure to check out the race schedule when planning your trip to Pinnacles National Park, and find a rental RV nearby to stay a while and catch a few races.