Pinnacles Partnership is excited to announce the receipt of a grant from The Fund for People in Parks to fund the purchase of four binocular viewing scopes for Pinnacles National Park. Through a joint collaboration between Pinnacles National Park, Pinnacles Partnership, and The Fund, the scopes are being installed in January and February and will be ready for visitor use by the end of February.
The addition of these scopes provides viewing access from areas near parking lots on the east and west sides of the park. The scopes offer an enhanced view of scenic features of the park, especially for visitors who may have difficulty hiking the trails.
Two scopes are currently being installed on the east side of the park at the Peaks View parking area. In the next few weeks two more scopes will be installed on the west side of the park in the Chaparral parking area. These locations were strategically chosen to provide visitors with accessibility, convenient parking access, views of the iconic Pinnacles rock formations, and possible condor and other wildlife viewing. The scopes are located in areas with restrooms, parking, and trailheads. In addition to convenient locations, one scope on each side of the park is wheelchair accessible.
You can support Pinnacles National Park and projects like this by joining Pinnacles Partnership today! Pinnacles Partnership is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in education, resource stewardship, and visitor experiences at the park. We are seeking new members, additional board members, and volunteers. Join us or learn more by visiting www.PinnaclesPartnership.org.
The Fund for People in Parks provides private funding and resources to complete inspirational projects that directly benefit visitors in the western National Parks. The Fund continues the early tradition of private philanthropy for National Parks and concern for the visitor that was at the heart of the founding and subsequent growth of the National Park system. By providing private funds and other resources for worthy projects that cannot be accomplished through public funding alone, The Fund develops public/private partnerships that create the critical margin of excellence that enhances the visitorís experience in Parks.
Pinnacles National Park will be holding open forums to discuss possible fee increases from 2015 through 2019. The current park entrance fees have been in place since August 2014. The National Park Service is proposing to increase the entrance fees as follows:
- Per Person (Entry Valid for 7 Days)
from - $5.00 to $10.00 in 2015 and $12 by 2017
- Per Motorcycle (Entry Valid for 7 Days)
from $10.00 to $15.00 in 2015 and $20 in 2017
- Per Vehicle (Entry Valid for 7 Days)
from $10.00 to $15.00 in August 2015to $20.00 in 2017 and to $25.00 in 2019
- Park Annual Pass (Entry Valid for 1 year form Date of Purchase)
from $15.00 to $25.00 in 2015 to $35 in 2017 and $50 in 2019.
These rates will bring the park in line with other similar National Parks.
Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the Interagency Annual Pass or Federal Recreational Senior, Access, or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the Park.
"We recognize the need to keep the park experience affordable while at the same time balancing the need to improve the park facilities," said Pinnacles National Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn. "The money from the most recent fee increase was used to implement a shuttle system throughout the park. Increasing entrance fees will be used for improvements at the park in visitor facilities such as restrooms, campgrounds, a visitor center, and improved trail signage."
Other projects that have been completed as a result of fee money include: Trail improvements on the High Peaks Trail, new road signs, and rehabilitation of resource damage.
Pinnacles National Park is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2013, more than 237,677 park visitors contributed $13,000,000 to the local economy and supported 158jobs related to tourism.
Comments on the Fee Increases may be posted on the park's Facebook page. Comment cards will also be available at park visitor centers. Comments may be emailed to the Park Public Affairs Officer Jan Lemons or call: 831-389-4486 X237.
Following the public engagement feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.
A public meeting is scheduled:
- Day: Saturday December 13th
- Time: 2:00pm
- Location: Pinnacles National Park Campground Amphitheatre.
Comments will be accepted via telephone, online, and in person until January 4th, 2015.