• Devils Postpile Formation

    Devils Postpile

    National Monument California

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  • Monument Open Until October 31, Visitor Services Limited this Fall

    Devils Postpile and the Reds Meadow Valley will be open until October 31, weather permitting. The shuttle bus is no longer running so visitors can drive their vehicles into the monument. Parking is limited and can be full on weekends, plan accordingly. More »

  • 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 »

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Nature and Science

Devils Postpile National Monument was established because of two important geophysical features: the postpile itself and RainbowFalls. The postpiles tower as a sheer wall of polygonal basalt columns up to 60 feet high, and glacial polish is evident on top of many of the columns.

Rainbow Falls is a spectacular waterfall that exists near the southern end of the monument on the San Joaquin River. The river changes in character many times throughout its journey through the monument, evolving along its course from a series of broad low-gradient meanders to scattered pools and fast-flowing rapids, cascades, and falls.

Did You Know?

A view of the Postpile looking northeast.

The area now known as Devils Postpile National Monument used to be part of Yosemite National Park. In 1905, the Devils Postpile formation, Rainbow Falls, and the Minarets were removed from Yosemite's boundaries due to pressure from mining interests.