Is it hard for you to imagine camping in the shadow of an ancient volcano? Then it’s high time you packed the RV and took a trip to Pinnacles National Monument in California. Ruggedly awesome, this is one place you’ll get to know nature up-front and personal!
If you’re not familiar with this NPS-managed monument, there’s plenty of information available online. Click here for the National Park Service website as you start planning your trip, and, by all means, let us know if we can help with an RV rental!
What you need to know most of all is what kind of adventures you’ll find once you’re there. The remnant of long ago volcanic activity, Pinnacles encompasses boulder-strewn gulches, wildflower-carpeted meadows and impressive rock formations marching up hillsides, so there’s no shortage of places to discover. Here are five favorite ways to enjoy RV camping at Pinnacles National Monument:
- Hiking the Trails – The pristine wilderness setting of Pinnacles National Monument promises plenty of hiking opportunities. You’ll find marked trails among amazing rock formations, through hardwood forests and along rocky ridges. Decide how strenuous you’d like your trek to be, pack plenty of water and be prepared to be amazed at the variations in nature you’ll find along the way.
- Exploring the Caves – “Talus caves” formed by ancient shifting rock piles are a favorite feature at Pinnacles National Monument. Some of these caverns are home to rare species such as Townsend’s big-eared bat and the park protects their habitat by partially closing sections of the caves throughout the year. You can still expect to have at least partial access to this unique geological phenomenon, so add a trip to the caves to your RV vacation itinerary.
- Watching the Wildlife – Did we mention that Pinnacles National Monument is home to nearly three dozen California condors? An important site in the condor preservation movement, Pinnacles is also an excellent place for condor viewing from a distance. Keep your eyes to the skies as you hike, drive and camp at the monument—you might just catch sight of the largest bird in Northern America.
- Photographing the Monument – Surrounded by unforgettable sunsets, spires rising to the sky, rock-walled canyons and rare and wonderful wildlife, you won’t know where to point your camera first. Take advantage of the isolated beauty of Pinnacles National Monument to capture unforgettable vacation photos and great memories.
- Camping! Pinnacles Campground, within the monument’s boundaries, is an excellent place to start your journey. Set up camp at this year-round campground with convenient amenities; in a luxurious motorhome, your stay at Pinnacles National Monument will both comfortable and affordable.
Come visit one of California’s best-kept secrets just two hours south of San Jose. It’s well worth the journey to discover an ancient landscape perfect for your next RV camping vacation.
Picture credits: The picture of the Rock Formations at Pinnacles National Monument is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.