• 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. 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 National Monument is continuously improving the accessibility of its facilities. Currently, there are two ADA compliant comfort stations (bathrooms) within the Monument's day-use and campground areas.

A variety of wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and campfire pits are provided throughout the day-use area. These are not located in areas where paved access is provided. The terrain is flat, hard-packed dirt. Some areas contain loose pumice soils, which can pose issues to visitors in wheelchairs whithout assistance.

A wheelchair-accessible ramp facilitates entrance to the Ranger Station for visitors with disabilities. The ranger station is very small and can be challenging with respect to maneuverability.

There is one ADA compliant site in the monument's campground. The site is hard-packed dirt with an ADA compliant picnic table. It is flat with easy access to site parking. It is located in the A-loop (site A-14).

Although our day-use and campground facilities are equipped with ADA accessible features, the 0.4 mile trail to the Postpile formation is not fully accessible.

The start of the trail, which is hard-packed gravel and leads from the Ranger Station to the eastern edge of Soda Springs meadow, can be accessed by wheelchair. Beyond this point, however, the trail continues uphill towards the formation and a series of tree roots, uneven surfaces, and pumice soil make wheelchair access difficult and unsafe in some areas. All terrain wheelchairs are not available for rent at the monument at this time.

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was awarded to the monument to build a partially accessible trail with railings and interpretive signs to bypass these steps and provide accessibility to the base of the postpile where visitors can best appreciate the formation. Although this trail is not completely accessible, it does provide easier access for visitors with mobility impairments with assistance. This trail was completed and opened in 2011.

The trail to Rainbow Falls is not accessible.

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.