Pinnacles National Monument is a U.S. National Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley near Paicines, in Central California, about 5 miles east of Soledad and 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park's namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness.The national park is divided by the rock formations into East and West Divisions, connected by foot trails; there is no through road that connects the east and west entrances to the park. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular pinnacles that attract rock climbers. The park features unusual talus caves that house at least thirteen species of bat. Pinnacles is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer months. Park lands are prime habitat for prairie falcons, and are a release site for California condors that have been hatched in captivity.
In March of 2009, Chris Glenn, Dallin Earl, Jeremy Glenn, and Travis Neal went on a camping trip here with Brent Spencer and Randall Diamond to explore the Bear Gulch Caves and to hike up to High Peak. In March of 2010, the Young Men return to Pinnacles to explore the same places from before. In January of 2013, President Barack Obama signed a law, making Pinnacles National Monument an official National Park. It now takes on the name Pinnacles National Park.