Tentative Opening Date Announced
A tentative opening date of May 25, 2013 has been announced for Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow Valley. Campgrounds will not be open until mid-late June. Limited visitor services will be available. This is condition dependent and subject to change. More »
Devils Postpile Sets 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 »
CAMPGROUND CLOSURES MAY BE IN EFFECT FOR 2013
Although significant progress was made last summer in the clean-up and rehabilitation of valley campgrounds following a windstorm the previous winter, there will still be some closures in 2013. Agnew Meadows Campgrounds will not open in 2013. This includes the general, group, and horse campgrounds. Other campgrounds on the Inyo National Forest may experience temporary closures or delayed opening as debris is removed and facilities are evaluated and repaired. The Devils Postpile Campground will open when the snow melts and facilities have been evaluated for normal winter wear and tear.
CAMPING IN DEVILS POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The monument features a 21-site first-come, first-served campground. Campers are exceptions to the mandatory shuttle bus system.
Campsites cost $14.00/night. For Senior and Access pass holders, the fee is $7.00/night. The fee can be paid by cash or check in US Dollars. Credit cards are not accepted. (Please note that the campsite fee is in addition to the standard amenity fee paid at the Minaret Vista Station.)
Reservations are not available.
The Devils Postpile campground is generally open from late June until September. Detailed dates will be released as soon as an opening date for the valley has been set.
The campground features flush toilets and running water. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, firepit, and bear-proof locker. Showers and RV hook-ups are not available. The Reds Meadow Hot Spring showers will not open for the 2013 season due to damage sustained during the November windstorm. Other showers are available in Mammoth Lakes at Mammoth Mountain and the Mammoth Lakes RV Park. There may be showers available at Reds Meadow Resort in the valley.
RVs & CAMPERS
Campsites are limited to six people per site per night and two vehicles. Additional vehicles may be parked in the overnight parking lot just outside of the monument boundary (approximately a 3-5 minute walk down an easy trail).
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time campers should avoid excessive noise, generator use, and other activities that would disturb neighboring campers.
Tents must be set up on the tent pads provided and must not be set up on any vegetation. Vehicles should not be parked on vegetation or in any way that blocks the flow of traffic.
Pets are allowed in the campground, but must remain on a leash or otherwise physically restrained at all times.
Camping must be limited to 14 days per stay.
Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings. Please make sure all fires are completely out and cool to the touch before leaving your site.
Proper food storage is required. Anything with an odor must be kept in the bear proof lockers which are located at each site.
Sites must be paid for within 30 minutes of occupation and property at that site must not be left unattended for more than 24 hours.
GETTING A SITE
The campground at Devils Postpile usually fills on weekends. If you are looking for a site on July 4th weekend or Labor Day weekend, it is advised that you arrive before noon the Friday prior to the holiday weekend. Late July through mid-August are the busiest times in the campground and finding a site during that stretch can be challenging.
Monday-Wednesday tend to be the slowest days in the campground and sites are usually available. The B-Loop usually fills first, as that loop is closest to the river.
Check out time is at 12 p.m. and all sites must be paid for within 1/2 hour of occupying the site. Once you have chosen and paid for a site, if you need to switch sites for some reason, please do not do so without notifying a ranger or leaving a note in the fee box.
OTHER CAMPGROUNDS IN THE AREA
Outside of the monument, there are seven Forest Service campgrounds located within Reds Meadow Valley. From north to south, these are: Agnew Meadows*, Agnew Meadows Group*, Agnew Meadows Horse*, Upper Soda Springs, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Minaret Falls, and Reds Meadow campgrounds. Sites in these campgrounds are $20 per site per night.
*Will not open for Summer 2013.
Did You Know?
The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails join into one trail in the monument. Many "through-hikers" take advantage of the shuttle system and other amenities at Devils Postpile to refuel and rest. More...