NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile is kind of a one-trick pony. It is located off Hwy. 395 south of Yosemite National Park and north of Bishop near the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. The primary attraction is the wall of 60 foot tall basalt columns that are nothing if not unique. But there's more.

Rainbow Falls, with a 101 foot drop, is not your typical High Sierra's waterfall. This one has some serious width to it, which allows for the creation of the rainbows that give it it's name.

Ninety percent of the monument is designated wilderness, so for those who value unspoiled beauty there is much to offer. And there is a campground. And its location along the Highway 395 corridor on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it an ideal stop when exploring sites along that route, including such beauties as the June Lake Loop area or Mammoth Lakes. Check our write-up on Highway 395 South for other things to do in the area. And as noted on the next page, there's access to some serious backpacking opportunities in The Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Note that the monument is closed seasonally during the winter. It typically opens in early June but the date is determined by the weather. Mountain biking is not allowed in the monument and is restricted in some nearby areas, particularly Red's Meadow. The park utilizes a mandatory shuttle service from 7:30AM to 5:30PM, so moving around requires some planning. Driving is permitted before and after those peak hours.


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