• 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 »

Work to Begin for Reds Meadow Valley Wind-Fallen Tree Removal Project (Inyo National Forest)

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Date: September 3, 2012
Contact: Nancy Upham, Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2427

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is announcing the beginning of the wind-fallen tree removal work in Reds Meadow Valley, for hazardous fuels reduction. The tree removal work will take place on approximately 220 acres and will be accomplished under a contract known as the Red Devil Stewardship Sale.

For safety, visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley are urged to not enter areas where tree removal work is in progress and to drive slowly on the Reds Meadow Road because of increased traffic associated with tree removal activities. Visitors should expect short traffic delays as a result of tree removal work. To facilitate safety, traffic may be intermittently stopped for 15-20 minutes at the Minaret Vista Entrance Station while loaded log trucks travel the single lane portion of Reds Meadow Road. The log truck hauling and traffic delays may be most focused during the early morning hours, 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. The time of day when traffic delays occur may change as the contractor progresses with tree removal work. Other traffic controls may also be encountered in Reds Meadow Valley.

In preparation for tree removal work, the contractor will construct a half mile of temporary roads to access treatment areas. The contractor will use heavy equipment to remove trees from treatment areas, including a dozer, heel boom loaders, and a helicopter. Trees will be hauled from the Reds Meadow Valley on large log trucks.

Contractors are expected to begin mobilizing for this work as soon as Monday, September 10. Work will continue through the fall, likely into the end of October or early November, depending on weather. Additional information may be obtained from the project Contracting Officer, Scott Kusumoto, via email at e-mail us or 760-924-5522.

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.