Devil's Postpile National Monument

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  • Address: Devil's Postpile Parking, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-7609342289
  • Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Geological Formation, Park, Monument, Family And Kids

Located within the Devils Postpile National Monument are a handful of intriguing and enchanting natural features.

These include:

  • Devil's Postpile: A dark cliff columnar basalt rock formations more than 100 meters thick, sixty feet long, formed by a cooling lava flow less than 100,000 years ago.
  • Some of them have hexagonal shapes.
  • Rainbow Falls: The highest waterfall on the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, 31 meters high, that creates rainbows in the mists of its own water.
  • Reds Meadow Resort Campground: The most popular campground in the area. Using the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle to get between the two locations is mandatory.
  • San Joaquin River: Swelling and waning with the seasons, this river is lifeblood of the monument area. There are lots of picnic and fishing spots along its length.
  • There are 20 spots on the Monument campground.

In addition to its wild natural beauty the monument also has a diverse wildlife: trout in the river, and over 100 species of birds and mammals.

Devil's Postpile National Monument Travel Tips

  • There are extensive rules for bringing pets into the park on the NPS website. Heed them.
  • Visit the Devils Postpile National Monument NPS website for extensive details on safety, camping, and permits.
  • Bikes are not allowed on the trails.

Entrance Ticket Details For Devil's Postpile National Monument

Reds Meadow Shuttle bus tickets at Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center:

  • $7.00 for adults.
  • $4.00 for children over the age of 3.
  • children 2 and under are free.
  • Campsites: USD 20/night

Devil's Postpile National Monument Hours

  • The Devils Postpile National Monument is only open during the summer months beween mid-June - mid-October.
  • Closed Mid-October to Mid June.
  • Peak crowds are in August.
  • The Reds Meadow Shuttle bus runs at least every hour during the day time, and usually every 20 or 30 minutes.

How to Reach Devil's Postpile National Monument

  • Drive to the parking lot, and then use the shuttle, or hike or bike.
  • Take the shuttle from Mammoth Adventure Center and The Village at Mammoth.

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  • Devil's Postpile National Monument Address: Devil's Postpile Parking, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, United States
  • Devil's Postpile National Monument Contact Number: +1-7609342289
  • Devil's Postpile National Monument Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Devil's Postpile National Monument(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Devil's Postpile National Monument: 08:00 Hrs
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  • 81.2% of people who visit Mammoth Lakes include Devil's Postpile National Monument in their plan

  • 72.5% of people start their Devil's Postpile National Monument visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 8 Hrs to see Devil's Postpile National Monument

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

89.58% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Devil's Postpile National Monument

People normally club together Lake Mary and Mammoth Mountain while planning their visit to Devil's Postpile National Monument.

People also prefer to start their day with Devil's Postpile National Monument.

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Devil's Postpile National Monument Reviews & Ratings

  • One of the more accessible national monuments if all you want to do his hit the highlights. Both Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls are easy to access, with the former being a super easy hike, the latter being only a little more strenuous. Summers are busy-- the shuttle is a necessity, plan accordingly for crowds on it-- and the Reds Meadow Resort is dated, but a nice stop for cold drinks and terrible food. Worth a visit!

  • Wow, just wow. This is a pretty exciting natural thing to see. The entire area is just breath taking. This is an easy .25 walk from the parking area. You can even walk to the top of the pile and see the formations from above. There are so many other trails you can take, this could be an all day adventure. There is a part of the trail where the PCT and John Muir cross. Pretty great all around and yes they are Dog friendly. They even have pop bags before you start the trail. Add this to your must see while in Mammoth.

  • A must planned stop on your 395 trip. Beautiful and unusual all wrapped up together. Whether it's just for a short drive up our a couple days you will find lots to do in this amazing part of the world.

  • Devils Postpile is definitely a must see. The trail is very tame and can be hiked by just about anyone. According to the ranger, she said that it was ADA compliant. I still can't get over the fact that these shapes formed naturally. It is a truly amazing site! Getting to the top is a little more difficult, but it has a great view.

  • Beautiful place to visit... easy hike.. for adults and kids. Bring water during the hot times of day. Be prepared to fall in love. .4 mile hike from the Ranger Station and you can take a shuttle to the Ranger station or drive there. Enjoy seeing some nature and the beauty that is created here.

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