The National Park Service describes the park as a spot that rises out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, outside Salinas Valley over in California. All the snazzy rock formations are remnants of an ancient volcanic field, and when you check it out in person you’ll be dazzled by monoliths, spires, and sheer-walled canyons. It’s all thanks to mother nature and plenty of erosion, as well as some friendly faulting and a little bit of moving and shaking by those pesky tectonic plates.
The park has both an east and west entrance, but there’s no road connecting both sides—so keep that in mind. It’s roughly a couple of hours from San Francisco, as you jump onto CA-25 after a ride down the 101. Best of all it’s a pretty good deal as far as parks are concerned, as it’s just $5 per carload of visitors. Just be sure to keep an eye to the skies while visiting, as you might even see a California condor—there's a few that call the park home.