• Devils Postpile Formation

    Devils Postpile

    National Monument California

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Devils Postpile National Monument Reopens to Visitors

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Date: October 17, 2013
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?

Black Bears are excellent tree climbers.

Black bears are commonly seen in Devils Postpile. Although they are not as active in winter months and spend much of this time in their dens, they could be seen any time of the year.