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Pinnacles national park

Until recently, these dramatic cliffs 40 miles southeast of Salinas were known as Pinnacles

National Monument, but in January 2013 they became the nation's newest national park. The massive spires and sheer canyons are actually the remains of an ancient volcano that was split in two by the San Andreas Fault and hauled 150 miles from its original location. The spectacular walls attract rock climbers as well as bats, falcons and one of the rarest birds in the world: the California condor . A type of vulture and the largest bird in North America, it became extinct in the wild in 1987 due to poaching, poisoning and habitat destruction. Captive breeding programmes have helped reintroduce dozens of the big black birds into parks in Arizona, Utah and California. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/sep/17/top-10-national-parks-california
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