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 »
Devils Postpile National Monument Reopens to Visitors
Contact: Deanna Dulen, 760-924-5505
Devils Postpile National Monument re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Devils Postpile National Monument has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. “The NPS and the staff at Devils Postpile joyfully welcome visitors and local communities to the reopened monument. The fall colors are a glorious golden, and clear skies highlight the dramatic beauty of the geologic wonders of the Postpile, Rainbow Falls, and the entire middle fork of the San Joaquin,” said Superintendent Dulen “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Devils Postpile National Monument has to offer.” As autumn temperatures are moderate in the daytime, but well below freezing at night, all water systems are shutdown, so bring water. The vault toilet is open at the monument. Bring food, sunscreen, and other necessities as no services are open in the valley. On adjacent Inyo National Forest lands, the restroom facilities are closed at Rainbow Falls Trailhead. The vault toilets at Agnew meadows Pacific Crest and Shadow Lakes Trailhead, and Sotcher Lake will open as staff returns to work and is able to reopen. There is no overnight parking within the valley effective October 15 as the monument and valley road access may close due to weather anytime between now and the annual seasonal road closure on October 31.
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.