Pinnacles has become the latest National Park and the first in Monterey County. // (c) 2013 Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pinnacles National Monument, in Monterey County, Calif. has been designated by President Barack Obama as Pinnacles National Park. The 26,000-acre area is the country’s 59th National Park and the first National Park in the Monterey County.
“This designation adds another layer of excitement and prestige for Monterey County tourism. It puts us on the map for a whole new audience of tourists. Tourism experts know there is a specific group of travelers that plan trips based around National Parks,” said Tammy Blount, CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’m thankful for the work of Congressman Sam Farr and the rest of our national team to get this important designation. It helps raise awareness on a unique Monterey County asset where incredible hikes are waiting to be discovered.”
Pinnacles park is home to 149 species of birds, including 30 endangered California condors, as well as a wide variety of other animal life.