Minaret Falls Campground

Inyo National Forest

Minaret Falls Campground

Minaret Falls Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Minaret Falls Campground

Devils Postpile
Attractions and Activities

Those camped at Minaret Falls Campground are close to the Devils Postpile and 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 Minaret Falls 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 if provided, otherwise in your vehicle.

Minaret Falls Campground

Minaret Falls Campground has a beautiful setting along the upper Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Nearby, Minaret Creek cascades into the river. A host of activities beckon visitors. Fishing is good in the river and lakes. Horseback riding can be arranged at Red's Meadow. The geologic wonders of the Devils Postpile are not to be missed. Hiking trails head out in several directions.

A narrow access road leads to Minaret Falls 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. The campground has 27 sites for RVs, trailers, and tents. All the sites are first come, first served.

Campground Basics
Minaret Falls Campground Location: In Reds Meadow near Devils Postpile National Monument
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 246 miles, 4:48
Reno - 179 miles, 3:39
Los Angeles - 322 miles, 5:15
Number of Campsites: 27
Open - Closed: Mid-June through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Inyo Recreation for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 37 feet
Accessible Sites: Some accessible features
Favorite Campsites: #2, 4, 5, 13, 15, 16, 22
Fees: $23 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

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

Minaret Falls Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Minaret Falls Campground

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 Minaret Falls Campground.


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