Devil's Postpile National MonumentCurrently Open
- Address: Devil's Postpile Parking, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-7609342289
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
- Tags: Geological Formation, Park, Monument, Family And Kids
Devil's Postpile National Monument - Review
Located within the Devils Postpile National Monument are a handful of intriguing and enchanting natural features.
- 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 Information
- 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.
Devil's Postpile National Monument Ticket Prices
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 by Public Transport
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Devil's Postpile National Monument
82.49% of people who visit Mammoth Lakes include Devil's Postpile National Monument in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
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
89.58% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Devil's Postpile National Monument
Devil's Postpile National Monument Trips
Devil's Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes Reviews
Incredible experience, beautiful hiking terrain. We drove up to the gate only to be told we need to travel back to Mammoth Mountain purchase tickets and rake the bus. (This little fact would have come in handy prior to our arrival to save time waiting in line to purchase tickets and get on the bus). The sights made up for this little downfall. We took the bus from Mammoth Mountain to the Devils Postpile National Monument Rangers station. Hiked to the Devils Postpile then to Minaret Falls followed by a bus ride and hike to Rainbow Falls. All good for children to take on. Highly recommended, value for money and family friendly.
I have visited this monument many times over the years and it never disappoints. The views from the base of and on top of these 60 foot tall columns is awe inspiring and well worth the short hike. I also highly recommend continuing the additional couple of miles past Devils Postpile to visit Rainbow Falls. You will be able to see the new growth in the Rainbow Fire area on the way and the falls are impressive!
Reds Meadows and Devil's Postpile is a lovely area and worth the trip down there if you are in the Mammoth area. With a few exceptions, you will need to ride the shuttle bus down (there is a fee) but it does run frequently. Besides seeing Devil's Postpile; Rainbow Falls and Minaret Falls are all on the same trail and are very beautiful! Several campgrounds are available also but usually require a reservation during weekends.These pictures are from dusk at Minaret Falls.
If you come to the Mammoth Lakes area outside of ski season, Devil Postpile is a must! It's Gorgeous back here! There's a lot of short or long trails to pick from in the general area & it's ALL either beautiful, fascinating or both! The trail to Devil Postpile is a perfect little (0.4mile) rolling walk of a trail for someone as out of shape as me to be able to deal with. It was well worth the 15 minutes or so it took us to get from the Devil Postpile parking area to standing in front of the Devil Postpile itself. It was another thing altogether to do the longer steeper Devil Postpile Loop Trail that winds around the back and then lands you ON TOP of a couple different sections of the Postpile which is smooth and looks like slate tiles and is mind boggling! Ya gotta do this! Ya gotta LOVE God's Creation!
Visually striking national monument with well kept trails. Close to Reds Meadow Pack Station, general store and café. Close to Rainbow Falls as well. If you're visiting Mammoth in the summer, I highly recommend taking the trails around Devils Postpile. I came from the Soda Springs Campground and took the beautiful, and largely downhill trail to Devil's Postpile passing Minaret Falls. It's very hard to get lost on these trails.