Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes

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See rare geometrically shaped basalt formations and 30 m (100 ft) tall waterfalls at Devils Postpile National Monument, which is within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The formations were created 100,000 years ago when lava was flowing and cooling down and glaciers eroded, polished, and fragmented the basalt into long, symmetrical columns. Reaching 18 m (60 ft) high and ranging from 61 cm (2 ft) to 1.1 m (3.5 ft) in diameter, the formations give an impression of tall posts stacked in a pile. At the park, you can hike, camp, fish and go horseback riding. Look for animals, such as black bears, coyotes, and mule deer. You can explore on 13 km (8 mi) of trails on your own or on a guided tour. Use our Mammoth Lakes road trip website to arrange your visit to Devils Postpile National Monument and other attractions in Mammoth Lakes.
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  • Devil's Postpile is a very interesting geological formation created by the interaction of hot lava, and the ice age - shearing the rock surface and effectively creating cement beams that are six-sided...  more »
  • Outstanding feature of verticle, naturally occuring 8-sided posts from fracturing molton rock. Breathtaking scenery, and not to be missed. Take a shuttle ride from Main Lodge, Mammoth Mountain straigh...  more »
  • The view of devils postpile is pretty cool but you will never be alone here i think. The special form of rock formation makes it worth a quick visit. I found the drive down there nice!  more »
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  • Oh my God. We had a great walk in the park. I love this stones. It's amazing. There is a fall near it too.
  • This is amazing place. You can see strange rock pillar and splendid waterfall. We met the big hail during the hike, but the view is really amazing. You can see yellow trees with snow ball on the ground. So pretty!
  • It's definitely worth checking out ONCE, unless you're using it as a trail head start or end point. But really, if you're in the area go ahead and check it out that one time. On the way down to the trailhead you'll discover lots of nice scenery and good places to car camp.
  • Simply amazing and breathtaking. Definitely worth the extra 2 mile hike to rainbow falls! Have visited there twice and would love to go again!!!
  • Made a special stop at Mammoth so we could spend the day at Devils Postpile national Monument. It was a fantastic hike a great area and the post pile itself was fascinating . Definitely worth the day . And the hiking was good too along the creek with rainbow Falls on the end and beautiful forest land. the trail was mostly effortless though there are some hills and elevation changes but overall well worth it .
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