A wild and rugged landscape formed over the last 23 million years sets the stage for this recreational paradise close to the San Francisco Bay Area. The park is famous for its amazing rock spires and talus caves, both of which make for exciting exploration and provide a sense of being on another planet. Hikers will enjoy the more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous, that showcase the beauty of the park's geology. The park has two entrances, which are only connected by trails, so do not plan on being able to drive through the park. The west entrance is accessible off Highway 146 out of Soledad and offers a contact station, parking, and restrooms. The east entrance is accessible off Highway 25 south of Hollister, and offers a visitor center, multiple trailhead parking options, restrooms, and access to Pinnacles Campground. On top of the geologic scenery, there is also wildlife scenery at the park, which serves as a releases location for the endangered California Condor. Tip for exploring the caves: check the Pinnacles National Park caves web page for open or closed status as the caves can change depending on the colony of Townsend's big-eared bats.