Upper Soda Springs Campground

Inyo National Forest

Meadow at Devils Postpile

Upper Soda Springs Campground, Reds Meadow, CA

Upper Soda Springs Campground

Devils Postpile
Attractions and Activities

Those camped at Upper Soda Springs 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 Upper Soda Springs Campground Regulations

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

Upper Soda Springs Campground

Upper Soda Springs Campground serves as an overflow site for nearby Forest Service campgrounds, but with the popularity of the area, Soda Springs is often in use. Upper Soda Springs Campground has 28 sites for RVs, trailers, and tents in a lodgepole pine forest. All the sites are first come, first served. A good number of campsites are close to the San Joaquin River where anglers often have good success. Many great hiking trails lead out from the campground.

A narrow access road leads to Upper Soda Springs 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
Upper Soda Springs Campground Location: In Reds Meadow Valley along Minaret Summit Road near Devils Postpile National Monument
Elevation: 7,700 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 246 miles, 4:48
Reno - 179 miles, 3:39
Los Angeles - 322 miles, 5:15
Number of Campsites: 28
Open - Closed: Mid-June through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (760) 647-3044

No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 36 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #7, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23
Fees: $23 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Upper Soda Springs 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 Upper Soda Springs Campground: Devils Postpile National Monument, Sotcher Lake, Red's Meadow, Ansel Adams Wilderness, hiking, horseback riding, fishing

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

San Joaquin River,  Reds Meadow, CA

Middle Fork San Joaquin River

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


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