I am planning an April trip down to Pinnacles and Carrizo Plain. We are interested in mammals (of course) and herps. I am seeking any advice on parts of the parks to visit or trails to hike. We aren’t campers so I need to plan real roofs over our heads. Tentatively, I have planned one night in a B&B right next to the Pinnacles West entrance. Then two nights in Atascadero so that we are as close as possible (still 1+ hours) from the north part of Carrizo Plain. I was thinking about spending a 4th night in an bare bones hotel in Taft to be near the southern part of Carrizo Plain but I am not sure if that is worth it or not. Thoughts on that? Then on the way back north we would spend the better part of a day at the East entrance to Pinnacles.
The primary species we would like to see are Kit Fox, San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel, Giant Kangaroo Rat, Condor, Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard and what ever else we can find.
Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.