This is a nice campground for folks that like to hike and see nature. It gets hot hot hot there in the summer, so if you can swing it go in the spring when stuff is blooming and beautiful and the caves are accessible.
This is OUTDOOR camping, so you will get lots of bugs and pests (raccoon, lizards, quail, deer, etc). Get over it, you're in their home.
You can spend about $23 per night for a slightly crowded camp site (#32 was pretty nice and relatively close to the bathrooms), or get some friends to go and get a group site. They are SOOOO much better. We had #134 which let us pitch a bunch of tents under a grove of trees. You'll have a ton more room to spread out and more privacy. It's well worth it. Cost for a group site is $75 per night. Even if you're one or two families...it's worth the extra dime if you like your space. (Seriously, a hotel would have cost a lot more...right?)
#134 is about a block to the nearest restroom, so if you have a week bladder, this is not for you. It was great for a group of 50 somethings and teenagers however.
Bring flashlights as many of the restrooms don't have lights in them (even at night!). Also, if you are picky about your toilet paper (like you want something you can't see through), bring your own TP and maybe toilet seat covers. Showers are not very clean, but functional...wear your flip flops in there to protect yourself.
This campground has a pool and a general store (that keeps short hours). Cell phone coverage works if you have Verizon, but not AT&T or Sprint. (Unless you climb to the highest peak of the Pinnacles, then you have a moment of coverage). There is no WIFI either.
Currently there's a high fire danger (as there was in June on my first visit). That means NO fires. Plan an alternate way of cooking. It's a long ways to the nearest town...so definitely bring in your own food and don't plan to get more later unless you plan to blow off a good part of a day.
- Also Known As:
- Pinnacles Campground Inc Hotel Paicines