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Devils Postpile National Monument
In east-central California, near Mammoth Lakes
Hot lava cooled and cracked to form fractured basalt columns 40 feet to 60 feet high that resemble a giant rock pipe organ. The 798-acre monument high in the Sierra Nevada also protects the 101-foot Rainbow Falls and Soda Springs, carbonated mineralized springs. Its accessible in summer only by shuttle bus, which begins operation when the roads are cleared of snow, usually June or early July, and runs through Labor Day. The John Muir and Pacific Coast trails cross the monument. It was proclaimed in 1911 and transferred to the Park Service in 1933.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Fishing, hiking to springs and falls. Facilities: Ranger station, trails. Programs & Events: Ranger-led interpretive programs, campfire programs (July-Labor Day). Tips & Hints: Stay back from cliff edges. Store food properly to avoid bears. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Oct.-June.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Devils Postpile (21 sites; $14; flush toilets). Hotels: None in park. In Mammoth Lakes: Tamarack Lodge Resort (take Lake Mary Rd. off Rte. 203, tel. 760/934-2442 or 800/626-6684; 11 rooms, 29 cabins; $150). X Restaurants: None in park. Near Mammoth Lakes: The Restaurant at Convict Lake (2 mi south of U.S. 395, 2000 Convict Lake Rd., tel. 760/934-3803; $15-$30). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Mammoth Lakes: General Store (in Red Meadows Resort & Cafe, at the end of Rte. 203, tel. 800/292-7758).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $7 adults, $4 ages 16 and under. Day-use visitors must use shuttle bus late June-Labor Day, between 7:30 and 5:30, at Mammoth Mountain Inn to reach park. California fishing license required. No hunting. Leashed pets only. No bikes off road. Monument open mid-June-Oct.
HOW TO GET THERE
10 mi west from U.S. 395 on Rte. 203 to Minaret Summit, then 7 mi on a paved narrow mountain road. Closest airports: Mammoth (22 mi), Reno, NV(181 mi).
Devils Postpile National Monument (Box 3999, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, tel. 760/934-2289).
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