This week marks the 108th anniversary of Pinnacles National Park located in central California, approximately 50 miles inland of Monterey.
Initially designated as a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, the park has expanded in size, upgraded to national park status, and been graced with fortifying legislation by at least five U.S. presidents. More history here.
Today it is known for being one of four U.S. sites where captive-bred California Condors were released into the wild. It is also home to 14 of California’s 24 wild bat species. Hikers, rock climbers, birders and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy it year round.
Pinnacles was created 23 million years ago when the Neenach Volcano erupted in powerful explosions of lava flow. Lying on the San Andreas Fault, it was then split and moved 195 miles. It continues to move at a rate of one inch per year.
Interestingly, Pinnacles, Muir Woods, and the Grand Canyon were all designated as national monuments on this week in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
What a great week, and great foresight.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander