America has a new national park today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of the country’s 59th national park with President Obama’s signature of legislation to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park.
Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park’s boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors can enjoy a variety of spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of …