The U.S. Senate approved legislation to turn the Pinnacles National Monument into a national park Sunday.
President Barack Obama must still sign the bill.
The changed status would increase tourism and heighten recognition of the area, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said in a news release.
A similar bill was approved by the House in June after it was introduced by Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, last year.
"Now we will attract even more Americans and visitors from around the world to enjoy this spectacular piece of California's natural and cultural heritage," Boxer said.
The monument was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The 26,000-acre site is home to volcanic rock formations, endangered wildlife and numerous areas for rock climbing.
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