Devils Postpile National Monument
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Closed during winter
My family and I went to Mammoth Lakes this weekend. Our first stop, Devils Postpile. The monument gets a lot of snow in the winter time so we were fortunate enough to visit. We parked our car at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center. From there, we rode the Reds Meadow shuttle heading to the Devils Postpile monument.
When we reached the monument, I was so fascinated with the 60-feet basalt columns. What’s even more spectacular are the rocks that seem to be growing from the trees! Rocks naturally piled up at the bottom of the columns. You cannot climb there however. There is a trail going up the columns but we did not have time to check it out.
The 60-ft high postpile was naturally formed by basalt lava flow about 100,000 years ago. The lava eventually cooled into these long, symmetrical columns.
It was a great hike to end our day. We spent the rest of the day resting in our cabin at the Snowcreek Resort.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this natural scenic beauty!