Plan Your Visit

Snow accumulates on the entrance sign, which reads "Entering Devils Postpile National Monument."
Visitors to the monument in the fall should be ready for snow at any time.

Cindi Scott

Devils Postpile National Monument is located in the heart of California's Sierra Nevada. As such, a wide variety of recreational activities is available in the region. Within the Monument's nearly 800 acres, visitors can explore the area's unique geology, take a day-hike along the John Muir or Pacific Crest trails, or simply enjoy a meal in our day-use area alongside the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. From camping, backpacking, and day hikes to fishing, photography, and horseback riding, there's something to do for everyone!

While planning your upcoming visit, it is important to remember that Devils Postpile National Monument is only open during the summer months.

Although opening dates can vary depending on snow conditions, the Monument usually opens in mid-June. By mid to late October, early winter storms in the High Sierra typically begin to bring snow to the area.

Devils Postpile Ranger Station
Operating Hours and Seasons

Opening and closing dates and hours of operation for the monument, ranger station, and campground.

A shuttle bus drives on a road through the forest.
Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle Bus

The mandatory shuttle bus into the Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile National Monument allows visitors to experience the area safely.

The San Joaquin rivers flows over a cliff, forming Rainbow Falls.
Places to Go

There's more to see at Devils Postpile National Monument!

Wilderness backpackers pose near Ansel Adams Wilderness sign.

Some activities within the monument require a special permit.

Entrance sign to Devils Postpile welcomes visitors.
Getting Around

Find information on how to get to Devils Postpile National Monument, vehicle limitations, and public transportation.

A historic photo from 1935 depicts a car camped beside a tent in the campground.

Camping is a longstanding tradition at Devils Postpile National Monument

A dog looks to the side
Pets in the Monument

Prepare for bringing your pet to Devils Postpile National Monument

A trail leads to a forested area.

Find out more about accessibility at Devils Postpile National Monument

The San Joaquin River flows through a rocky narrow.

While hiking, driving, and recreating around water, it is important to be prepared, aware, and stay safe!

Last updated: August 19, 2016

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