WASHINGTON--Pinnacles National Monument in central California is set to become the 59th national park under a bill headed to President Obama’s desk.
The Pinnacles National Park Act cleared the Senate during a rare Sunday session of the lame-duck Congress. The House approved it in July.
The bill is aimed at raising the national profile of the Soledad-area site, which President Theodore Roosevelt designated a monument in 1908.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, who sponsored the Senate bill with fellow California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said it would ensure that Pinnacles "gets the recognition it deserves while also boosting the area’s tourism economy."