• Devils Postpile Formation

    Devils Postpile

    National Monument California

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  • Devils Postpile National Monument is Open for the Season

    Devils Postpile is open for the 2014 season. The ranger station will be open daily from 9am-5pm. The Devils Postpile campground is open. Ranger walks to Devils Postpile occur daily at 11 am. 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?

Flames from the Rainbow Fire came dangerously close to Reds Meadow Resort, just one and a half miles from the Monument.

The 1992 Rainbow Fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike, burned 82% of Devils Postpile National Monument.