About 32 miles south of Hollister, California, this dog-friendly campground is situated on the eastern side of the unique Pinnacles National Park. The campground is quite popular among rock climbers and hikers. Sprawling over 26,000 acres, the park has amazing rock formations and the remains of a 23-million-year-old volcano. The sites offer a secluded feel and yet are close to the park.
You will love the rolling landscape peppered with shady blue oak, valley oak and coast live oak trees. The wildlife is amazing here. From deer and quail to wild turkeys and various songbirds, you can spot some beautiful species. The park is a nesting place for the magnificent endangered California condor. You can also see a gentle seasonal creek running across the campground.
Of the 134 sites at Pinnacles Campground, 82 are standard non-electric, 37 are RV electric, 14 are group standard electric, while one is tent-only non-electric. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Drinking water and flush toilets are provided, while you can use showers for a fee of $0.50 per 3 minutes. The parking spurs and roads are gravel. There is a swimming pool that’s open from April to September. If you need provisions, you can buy food and camping supplies at the on-site general store.
Hiking and rock climbing are the most popular activities at this campground. The park provides over 30 miles of trails, ranging from simple to strenuous. Use the Bench Trail to directly access the park. However, dogs are not allowed on any of the park's other trails -- be sure to pay attention to signage. The campground also provides some amazing wildlife viewing. Be sure to check out High Peaks, Bear Gulch Reservoir, and the Balconies area during your stay. Bring a flashlight! Keep Fido on a leash no longer than 6 feet and use poop bags to pick up after him. Rest assured you and your doggo will have a great time here.