"PAICINES -- With a California condor overhead and history underfoot, hundreds of people gathered beneath a canopy of blue skies Monday to celebrate an accomplishment almost as rare as statehood itself: the dedication of America's 59th national park."
"Pinnacles National Park, a geologic snapshot of the tectonic forces that shape the lay of the land, was embraced by schoolchildren, Native American tribal leaders and high government officials as both a protection of the past and a preservation of the future.
'Today, Pinnacles is no longer a monument, it is a national park,' U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. 'It is iconic in the same way as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite and Yellowstone and Acadia.'"