Devils Postpile Campground

Devils Postpile National Monument

Meadow at Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow, CA

Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile
Attractions and Activities

Those camped at Devils Postpile Campground can walk to the Devils Postpile and are close to Reds Meadow with a variety of attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer unless you have a camping reservation, visitors must take the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort into the area.

  • Explore the geologic wonders of Devils Postpile National Monument.
  • At Red's Meadow Resort join a trail ride to Rainbow Falls, eat at the Mule House Cafe, or just take advantage of their showers.
  • Fish in the river, Sotcher Lake or Starkweather Lake.
  • Hike 5 miles into the Ansel Adams Wilderness to Garnet Lake, or hike a few miles on the famous John Muir Trail.
  • Visit beautiful Minarets Falls.
  • Stop in a Minaret Summit viewpoint for spectacular views of the Ritter Range.

Key Devils Postpile Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets are permitted per campsite.
  4. To avoid problems with bears, keep food in bear-proof lockers.

Devils Postpile Campground

Notice: Storm damange closed the Devils Postpile Campground for the 2017 season, but we expect it to reopen for 2018. Call to confirm before planning your visit.

Devils Postpile Campground is located within Devils Postpile National Monument, 12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes Village. The campground has 21 first-come, first-served sites. The B Loop, closest to the river, is designated for vehicles with a combined length not exceeding 20 feet. No generators are permitted in the B Loop. Tent camping is welcome. Campsites in the A Loop will accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Devils Postpile Campground is close to the upper reaches of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. A pretty cascade tumbles over the rocks next to the campground. The campground usually fills on summer weekends and is busiest from late July through mid-August.

A narrow access road leads from Minaret Summit down to Devils Postpile Campground. While camping here drivers may bypass the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus, but are still required to pay a $10 entrance fee. The shuttle only operates in summer.

Campground Basics
Devils Postpile Campground Location: In Devils Postpile National Monument, off Minaret Summit Road
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 245 miles, 4:47
Reno - 178 miles, 3:30
Los Angeles - 321 miles, 5:22
Number of Campsites: 21
Open - Closed: Mid-June through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by National Park Service
NPS - Devils Postpile Information: (760) 934-2289

No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Accessible Sites: Some accessible sites
Fees: $20 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Devils Postpile Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: At Red's Meadow Resort
Dump station: No
Attractions near Devils Postpile Campground: Devils Postpile National Monument, Ranger Programs, Sotcher Lake, Red's Meadow Resort, Ansel Adams Wilderness, hiking, horseback riding, fishing

Devils Postpile Campground, CA

Devils Postpile Campground, tent campsite

Devils Postpile Campground, CA

Devils Postpile Campground
(tables tipped up against trees in preparation for winter)

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

map of campground locations around Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile National Monument, including Devils Postpile Campground


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