Although it was a national monument beginning in 1908 and officially a national park beginning in 2013, Pinnacles National Park wasn’t even on our radar until about a week ago when we were searching the Campground Reviews website for a campsite with electric in mid-California and Pinnacles showed as a possibility. So we logged onto Recreation.gov and not only could we get a 30 amp Site in Pinnacles Campground but there were several vacancies for the two nights we were interested in. To make it even better with our National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass discount, the fee was but $20 a night! That said, this is the off season in this park because of the brutal heat. One of the prime activities here is hiking but that’s best done just after dawn or just before dusk these August days. Next time we decide to come here we’ll call the campground office at for recommendations for the shadiest sites before making a reservation. That said, we were lucky enough to get Site 90 with morning and early afternoon shade, perhaps there’s something even better but there are sites that are full sun only.

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