Research in Pinnacles National Park

Left and Top Right: Photos by Paul Johnson.
Bottom Right: Photo by John Thompson.

Located 40 miles inland at the edge of the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles National Park encompasses around 26,000 acres of remarkable geologic formations and a great variety of ecosystems, microclimates, and biodiversity. Besides the rocky spires for which it was named, Pinnacles is known for its showcase chaparral ecosystem, a high proportion of native vegetation, Talus caves, dark night skies, critically endangered re-introduced California Condors, and the highest bee diversity per unit area in the world.

In a typical year, nearly 20 researchers are granted permits to conduct their studies in Pinnacles National Park. National Park Service Research and Collecting Permits are granted through the Research Permit and Reporting System. All research done in the park, including that performed by National Park Service employees, requires a permit. The park is responsible for issuing and tracking research permits, and provides support to permitted researchers in the park. Each permit application undergoes a formal, standard process for research permit review and issuance.

Additional information about conducting research at Pinnacles is available through the menu at right, or through the Research Permit and Reporting System's Park Info page. If you have further questions, please contact Pinnacles Research Coordinator Brent Johnson.