What was once “Pinnacles National Monument” in Paicines, California has just been reclassified as “Pinnacles National Park.” On January 10, President Obama signed the bill into law, and the change is expected to spark tourism in the area. California now boasts the most national parks of any state in the country, and Pinnacles is now the 59th unit in the United States national parks system.
California’s newest national park is also its smallest at 26,000 acres. Despite its relatively small size, within its borders are vastly different geological features including caves and volcanic rock formations, making the site popular among rock climbers. Additionally, Pinnacles contains areas of historical significance among Native Americans, reflected in its original classification in 1908 as a national monument. Furthermore, the area is home to the California condor, an endangered species which has recently seen substantial growth thanks to efforts in the park. Pinnacles’ other native species include wild turkeys, cougars and bobcats.