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“Clean and Close, but otherwise unexciting”

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Pinnacles Campground Inc
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This campground is clean and actually in the national park, so 5 stars for that! But, most of the spots are pretty out in the open with nothing special. We lucked out with a nice spot under some big trees and with the back to a creek, spot 37. But most of the spots we drove past would have felt like you were sleeping on the road.

Room Tip: Space 37 is shaded, good for one car and one big tent.
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Great location. East side of Pinnacles National Park. Park rangers and Royal Elk concessionaire staff share the Visitor Center /Camp Store. Both staff are very cordial and helpful. We just spent the last two weeks there in a travel trailer. The 30 amp electrical system is three or four years old and very dependable. Most site drain well in heavy rain. Pay WiFi.

Campground is close to hiking trails and weekend shuttles. Wild turkeys wander through the campground and condors can be seen with binoculars at the end of the day.

My only complaint is that the pay showers are HORRIBLE! They are old and are really no longer serviceable (cleanable). Time for an update. This is the reason for four and not five stars.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
Thank W1302ARjohnb
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Great place to be away from it all, no internet ,no cell reception but nice clean spacious sites with water and electrical hook ups.
There is a swimming pool that makes the stay even better.
Great hikes to vistas and caves on both side of the N.P but no road connects bothe ends and you have to drive around the park to get to the other entrance.
Deer and Eagles can be seen around the park,especially at the mornings and evenings.
The staff is very helpfull and we enjoyed our stay very much.

Stayed: August 2016
Thank Dannyshula
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

Stayed at Pinnacles Campground over Easter weekend 2015. We stayed in site 45 which enjoyed lovely afternoon shade from the enormous valley oak. All of the spots along this loop have some sort of shade, with the most being in sites 28-32, though the heat wasn't much of an issue this early in the season. The wildflowers were in full bloom and we saw many condors soaring very far overhead from the campground. The best place to get a chance to get a closer look is to hike to one of the peaks. There is NO cell service once you get past Pacoima or Hollister, but the turnoff of Hwy 25 is easy to spot. The general store has an odd mix of goodies and beer, and wood is $11 a bundle with a starter. Be sure to check the NPS site before coming if fires are allowed or not. Often in the summer you will only be permitted to use portable gas stoves. There were family oriented nature talks each night at sundown that were fun and informative. Pinnacles is truly a hidden gem of the central coast, especially for wildflower, geology, and bird-nerds!

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
Thank Christy T
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Reviewed 11 September 2014

The campground at Pinnacles National Monument was a private affair, with a pool, big camp store, and campsites with electricity. Now that it is a national park, many of those things are too "deluxe" for what most National Parks offer, but the campground hasn't changed. The pool is still a huge attraction, and RVs are more likely to stay where electric hookups are available, especially when air conditioning is needed as it often is, here. Still, the shower house is a long way from many sites, and there isn't a lot of shade (the black tail deer have a permanent hangout under the big tree near the pool). The California drought affects the area, too, making for dry and dusty. If you are used to deluxe campgrounds, this is a definite step down. If you are accustomed to National Park and National Forest campsites, this is a step up. Oh, and you can reserve online-- very helpful.

Room Tip: Closer to the shower house the better.
Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank snochasr
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Additional Information about Pinnacles Campground Inc

Address: 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95043-9762
Region: United States > California > Paicines
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Paicines
Number of rooms: 135
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Pinnacles Campground Inc Hotel Paicines

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