Fees & Reservations


There are activities within the monument that require a special permit. Visit the permits page for information about weddings, commercial tours and guiding, educational groups, filming and other special uses. Some of these activities may require a fee, but not all of them.



The Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus has provided transit service into the Reds Meadow Valley and to the Devils Postpile National Monument for over 30 years. Most visitors must ride the shuttle to access the Valley and Devils Postpile. For a list of exceptions and exception vehicle fees, scroll down.*


Day Pass $7/adult $4/child 3-15 Children under 2 free
3-day Pass $14/adult $8/child 3-15 Children under 2 free
Season Pass $35/adult $20/child 3-15 Children under 2 free

Well behaved, leashed and muzzled dogs are welcome to ride the shuttle. Muzzles are available for purchase in pet stores in Mammoth Lakes and at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center where shuttle bus tickets are sold.

Commerical tour operators or large groups should call ESTA in advance at 760-872-1901 so they can be prepared for your visit.

*Exceptions to the mandatory shuttle:
Vehicles meeting any of the following criteria may drive into the Valley; however, the standard amenity fee must be paid at the Minaret Vista Station upon entry or exit:

  • Visitors with a valid Disabled Persons parking placard or plate
  • Campers staying in a valley campground
  • Guests of the Red's Meadow Resort
  • Vehicles towing stock trailers or carrying watercraft (watercraft must be suitable for use on valley lakes. There are no boat launches in the valley.)
  • Hunters transporting weapons or large game
  • Vehicles arriving before 7:00am or after 7:00pm or any other time when the shuttle buses are not operating.

*Fees for exception vehicles:

  • Day Pass: $10/vehicle
  • Three-day Pass: $20/vehicle for three of five consecutive days.
  • Season Pass: $35/vehicle
  • Camping Pass: $10/vehicle good for the duration of stay

For additional information regarding the shuttle operation please contact Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) at 760-872-1901


Cyclists riding both in and out of the valley will not be charged a fee. Cyclists taking the shuttle out of the valley will have to pay the shuttle bus fee on the way out. Exact change is preferred to make the transaction go smoothly.

For visitors wishing to ride the road in, but not out of the valley, buses can safely carry three bikes on front-mounted bicycle racks. Biking off road is not permitted anywhere in the Reds Meadow Valley with one exception. Mountain biking is permitted on the Starkweather Trail only after the shuttle bus has stopped running for the season.


Educational groups looking to request a fee waiver must contact the Inyo National Forest. More information can be found on our Plan A Field Trip page, or call 760-924-2289 with any questions.


The only fee once you enter Devils Postpile National Monument is for visitors wishing to camp in the monument campground. Visit the camping page for more detailed information about camping and associated fees.



For shuttle schedules and other information regarding shuttle bus logistics, click here.

Outside of shuttle bus operations, there is a $10/vehicle standard amenity fee. Interagency passes are accepted.

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