Tentative Opening Date Announced
A tentative opening date of May 25, 2013 has been announced for Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow Valley. Campgrounds will not be open until mid-late June. Limited visitor services will be available. This is condition dependent and subject to change. More »
Devils Postpile Sets 37-Foot Vehicle Length Restriction on the Devils Postpile Access Road
Devils Postpile has a limit of 37 feet for vehicles on the monument road. This may change during weather events, construction activities, vehicle congestion, or for safety reasons. Call or email for more information. More »
Nature & Science
The flora and fauna at Devils Postpile are typical of the Sierra Nevada. Visitors can see animals and plants such as black bear, eagles, pine and fir trees, as well as many wildflowers.
Though technically a west slope location, close proximity to the eastern slope of the Sierra and a low pass creates circumstances that allow species from both sides to mix. The unique geography of the area fosters relatively high species diversity concentrated in a small area. Soda Springs Meadow, near the Ranger Station, harbors an abundance of songbirds and wildflowers. The talus at the base of Devils Postpile is home to many squirrels and chipmunks and the pine martens which hunt them. Another asset in terms of biodiversity is the burned area near Rainbow Falls, which is habitat for many plants and animals that will not live in heavily forested areas.
Measuring and monitoring biodiversity in America’s parks is important to the National Park Service. Devils Postpile is part of the Sierra Nevada Network for Inventory and Monitoring, which keeps track of all the species known to live in or migrate through the Monument.
For information on the Sierra Nevada Network for Inventory and Monitoring, click here.
Did You Know?
The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails join into one trail in the monument. Many "through-hikers" take advantage of the shuttle system and other amenities at Devils Postpile to refuel and rest. More...