California’s Pinnacles National Monument Finally a Bona Fide National Park Melissa Hennessey January 15, 2013 California, News Last week, President Obama elevated the lowly Pinnacles National Monument in California to a bona fide United States National Park. Pinnacles is going to the big show, and we’re here to cheer it on! Pinnacles National Park© MiguelVieira The 26,000 acre park is the smallest in the state, located between the 101 and 5 freeways. Most of its volcanic field, caves and pinnacles (the parks namesake) are best explored on foot says the rangers. In fact, it is the only option for most of the area as there are no roads connecting the parks east and west borders. Read more about the park’s upgrade here. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. eight − 4 = Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.