The russet spires and crags of
Pinnacles National Monument is a
sanctuary for people and birds of prey.
The more than 26,000-acre monument has two separate entrances, Bear Gulch on the east and Chaparral on the west. No roads link the two, but more than 30 miles of hiking trails do. The easy Bear Gulch Caves trek provides views of rock climbers and birds and the opportunity to explore murky caves. Moses Spring Trail climbs steeply through oak and buckeye, and High Peaks Trail has good views of the area's contrasting geology.
To the north visitors can see the jagged, volcanic Balconies Cliffs. To the far southwest is the smoothly rounded
Address: 5000 Highway 146,
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, year-round; visitor center hours vary
Admission: $5 per vehicle, walk-in $3
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Eric Peterson is a Denver-based author who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the