WASHINGTON – On January 10, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that designates the former Pinnacles National Monument as Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is the 59th national park in the United States and the 9th within the state of California. It was established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and serves as home to the recovery of endangered California Condors.
“This ancient and awe-inspiring volcanic field with its massive monoliths, spires, cave passages and canyons is a place that restores our souls and energizes our bodies with its beauty and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a press release. “I commend Rep. Sam Farr and Sen. Barbara Boxer for their vision in sponsoring the legislation to make it a national park.”
“As with our other national parks and lands, Pinnacles also is an economic engine, supporting jobs in local communities,” Salazar added. Last year Pinnacles had more than 343,000 visitors. On average, visitors spend about $4.8 million and support 48 jobs in the local economy each year.
“We are proud to add Pinnacles to our family of national parks,” said Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The beauty of the land and the diversity of recreational and educational opportunities offer a unique experience to every visitor. Pinnacles is a place worthy to be called part of ‘America’s Best Idea.'"