Paicines is in the center of the northern half of the county. In the past the rolling hills were farmed; the higher hills were only suitable for cattle pasture. Now the rolling hills are covered with vineyards producing wines that rival those found in the Napa Valley. Temperatures are generally mild although it can sometimes reach over 100 degrees in the summer and as low as 20 degrees in the winter.
Paicines was originally named Tres Pinos. However, in 1873, the Southern Pacific Railroad decided to end its line four miles before it reached the little town. So Tres Pinos moved west to the place where the railroad ended and the town formerly known as Tres Pinos was renamed Paicines.
On your way to Pinnacles National Park, Bar SZ Guest Ranch, Oils of Paicines Guest Ranch and several local wineries, you will travel through the Paicines area of lush rolling green hills in the winter and spring, and golden hills is the summer and fall. The beautiful hills of vineyards are spectacular any time of year for photographs. Those who love looking for wild flowers will be in heaven during the Spring bloom.