Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Devils Postpile National Monument Reviews: 4.5/5

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
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William L
Sandown, NH1,007 contributions
Hiking Through
Aug 2021 • Solo
You can see Devils Postpile off the John Muir Trail but if you want to visit the ranger station you need to go off trail. Neat place to visit. It’s not far from Reds Meadows.
Written September 10, 2021
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC656 contributions
Beautiful hiking area
Aug 2021
Fascinating basalt formations in the monument itself and a very nice hiking area in general. The bus access allows you to do one way hikes in the area using it as a shuttle and the considerable trail network means you can make a loop or straight line hike of just about any distance you wish.
Written September 9, 2021
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Wayne K
San Diego, CA180 contributions
Incredible Rock Formation
Aug 2021
Devils Postpile is a very interesting place to visit. It does not take long to visit the area, but it is a long bus ride to Devils Postpile. You must first get your tickets for the bus ride. The ride is long and winding. It does not take long to view the attraction, but if you like hiking there are many trails. Catching the bus back to the station could be a little tricky, for it could be very crowded and if there is standing room only, the ride will be a long one back. We enjoyed visiting the area, but once is enough. The entire area is very scenic and great for photography. The parking could be a challenge. There are lots and lots of people there and the parking area is always full.
Written September 1, 2021
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Firemonkey C
Napa, CA16 contributions
Eh
Aug 2021
The surrounding scenery is beautiful, but I think the rock formation is overrated. I expected to see more and it is just a little pile of rocks. I took the shuttle. The ride down was great. It took about 30 minutes. However, after hiking for 5 hours and getting sunburned, on the ride back, I had no seat and had to stand up with barely anything to hold onto. Luckily, I did not get car sick, but I think a lot of people were feeling it because it is a windy road. I drank all my water and had to get some at the Ranger Station. The hike only to the monument is easy, however if you are going to do that and Rainbow Falls, just be aware that it takes about an hour to reach Rainbow Falls. I do not recommend this hike for people with knee problems. A walking stick is very helpful. Not recommended for people with babies or small children (It's too long and too hot). Dogs get overheated easily. There is shade but it is very hot and sunny use sunblock. It is also dusty. Another point is there are bees, bumble and honey because of the wildflowers. Wear a hat.
Written August 8, 2021
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HappyDonor
Sandy, UT705 contributions
Miniature version of Devils Tower Wyoming
Jul 2021
Why does the devil get so much credit for geological wonders? This is neat display of volcanic rock work that is worth checking out. It is an easy hike. The hard part is the required bus ride to get there. We were standing for the 30 minute trip and we were crammed in. Zero breathing room and stuffy. The driver did not seem to care when using the brakes that people were standing and it was a rough ride. I think my arms are still tired from holding the handrail.
Written July 26, 2021
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D Crowell
2 contributions
Not worth the hassle or cost
Jul 2021
Mammoth makes you take a bus and wear a mask. Bus is overcrowded, standing room only. Windows were shut. Windy road for 35 minutes. Many of us got bus sick. Devil Postpile interesting but not worth the hassle. Waited 1 hour in line after purchasing last tickets available. Must reserve in advance. Not a great experience. Traffic, crowds, lines, and high fees. Go before 7am to drive your own car in.
Written July 16, 2021
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NellaiXpress
San Jose, CA76 contributions
Memorable visit!!!
Jul 2021
We visited on July 2nd and tried to drive around 10.00am. Got stopped at the gate as they have resumed the Shuttle services back. So went back to the Gondola start area and parked on the road-side. Purchased the tickets for the shuttle bus and park for a 2:30pm ride. Forgot to try the 4th Grader freedom America pass. This pass is accepted on some national parks and not in state parks. Would have saved some bucks! Glad I took the bus. Driving on that single lane road would have been a scary experience for me. My Gondola ride wrapped up earlier and we asked if we can take the 12:30 bus to Devils P. And to our surprised they said yes. We went straight to the Rainbow falls first and after wrapping it up, took the bus and landed in Devils P. The hike is short and sweet . We also tried climbing up to the top of the Monument. It's a short distance to the top but very steep steps. Tooks 15 mins for non-regular hikers like us to reach the top. And we also stopped by the stream on our way back. Very relaxed and Enjoyable visit.
Written July 5, 2021
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Wildwoodatheart
Santa Rosa, CA725 contributions
Best part of our visit to Mammoth Lakes!
Aug 2020
We went to the Mammoth Lakes area just to visit this National Monument. It was a lovely walk, and not difficult. The drive to the monument is really beautiful, but make sure you head out early. Parking is very limted at the trailhead, and I believe the park service closes the road once the parking is full. Parts of the road are very narrow, with turnouts to allow cars to go by. It traffic gets too heavy, it could cause major issues. We arrived while there was still parking, so no problem for us. But on our drive out, it was non-stop cars coming in. The postpile itself is really interesting. We did not take the trail to the top, but just walking along the bottom is cool. The short hike in is also quite scenic, offering views of the river. Really lovely.
Written October 7, 2020
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anniedutch13
San Diego236 contributions
Always a nice hike and view
Aug 2020
We were here last month August 2020. Very easy hike even for us old people. Love the view and the nice scenery along the way.
Written September 9, 2020
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John O
Los Angeles, CA1,047 contributions
Easy hike, interesting natural formation
Aug 2020 • Family
Enjoyed the visit to this iconic Mammoth area natural attraction. The walk is relatively easy and flat.
Written August 28, 2020
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