The United States is set to unveil its latest treasure – Pinnacles National Park – a collection of towering monoliths, spires and massive boulder caves in central California.
The move really doesn’t change a lot for the location, as Pinnacles was already designated as a national monument more than 100 years ago. But the elevation to national park status will boost the status of Pinnacles in the eyes of nature lovers from around the world. The move will increase visitors and pump dollars into the local economy.
Pinnacles National Park is highlighted by the remarkable rocks and rock formations found at the site. Rock climbers have long been drawn to the great spires.
Other highlights include extensive caves, 30-miles of trails, and the presence of 33 rare California condors.
Locally, the towns of Hollister and Soledad are bracing for an economic boom, and visitors will relish the excellent local wines and wineries. The nearby River Road Wine Trail consists of 14 tasting rooms along a 20 mile stretch.
Pinnacles National Park is located in central California, about 150 miles south of San Francisco.