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. Winter close down operations have begun. There is no longer potable water, but restrooms will be available until closing. 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 »
Devils Postpile General Manangement Plan
Beginning in 2008, Devils Postpile National Monument embarked on a new journey in park management: the development of a general management plan (GMP). The monument will work closely with the Inyo National Forest to develop a shared vision for the monument and Reds Meadow Valley.
What is a GMP?
In short, it is a blueprint for managing the monument. A general management plan provides the framework for managing many aspects of the monument including natural and cultural resources and the experiences of visitors like you for the next 15-20 years. It provides managers with guidance on issues ranging from visitor services to preservation of natural and cultural resources.
Why do we need a GMP?
Devils Postpile has never had a GMP. While each manager has acted to protect the monument’s special resources, there has never been a GMP to guide their decisions.With pressing issues such as climate change, health of the San Joaquin River, and visitor experience in the monument, a guiding document is necessary to direct decisions.The GMP involves partnerships between agency staff and the visiting public.
Visitors and people from all over the country can contribute their thoughts and ideas to the process. There will be opportunities for your voice to be heard on the monument’s website and at public meetings.
Devils Postpile National Monument was created for the benefit of all people. Monument staff need your help to shape the future of Devils Postpile and determine how it will be managed for the next 20 years. For information, visit www.parkplanning.nps.gov/depo.
Where Are We in the Process?
This summer (2014), Devils Postpile National Monument released the draft general management plan (GMP) which will help guide the monument as it enters its second centennial.
Visitors contributed their thoughts and ideas during the initial scoping for the GMP. Many ideas we heard from the public are included in the alternatives, which address specific issues or areas of management concern. Your involvement is important and we want to hear your ideas for the future. The public comment period will last for approximately 60 days and final comments must be submitted by September 30, 2014. Download the draft GMP.
Did You Know?
The Devils Postpile that you see today is only a fraction of the size the original lava flow formation that filled this valley. Natural processes, especially glaciers, have eroded the rest.