• 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 »

Nearby Attractions

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome towers over Yosemite Valley.

M. Finnerty

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Yosemite National Park is located about an hour and a half from Devils Postpile, and a trip to the valley floor is a short 3 hour drive. Backpackers can hike to Yosemite from Devils Postpile in about 32 miles! During the winter travel to Yosemite Valley is much more time consuming due to the road closures over high passes. Check the road conditions before planning a trip as snow can last well into June and arrive as early as October. Yosemite provides all the grandeur of the Sierra from the western side along with giant sequoias, granite domes, and a rich history of conservation. Visit Yosemite National Park's website for more information about visiting.

 
Minaret Lake

Minaret Lake lies in the heart of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

NPS Photo

HIGH SIERRA WILDERNESS

The Postpile also serves as a starting point for many backcountry trips. Surrounded by both the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wildernesses, the Monument provides a portal to some of the most pristine backcountry destinations in the region.

Permits are required for all overnight trips in wilderness areas. While Devils Postpile National Monument can issue permits through a special arrangement with the Inyo National Forest, it is best for visitors planning on a backpack trip in the area to contact the Inyo's Wilderness Permit office directly. The most current regulations and trail quotas can be found by visiting the Inyo National Forest's website or by phoning the Inyo's Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2485.

 
Fall at Mono Lake

Fall at Mono Lake

MONO LAKE

Mono Lake is located just outside of Lee Vining and is an amazing natural wonder to behold. The lake is more salty than the ocean and its population of brine shrimp provides an extremely important food source for migratory birds. The scenic area surrounding the lake is a tremendous example of geological and volcanic activity that has shaped the area. It is known for its bizarre formations of calcium carbonate called Tufa Towers. Visit the Inyo National Forest website for more information about Mono Lake.

 

MANZANAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Located south of Independence, CA, Manzanar National Historic Site tells the story of the more than 110,000 men, women, and children who were forced to leave their homes and were detained in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. The site features a museum and visitor center, bookstore, daily videos, and site tours. Visit http://www.nps.gov/manz/index.htm for more information.

Did You Know?

Dogs are allowed on all trails in the monument.

Devils Postpile is a pet friendly park. Pets are allowed on all trails as long as they are on a leash. Leashed pets can even ride the shuttle bus!