Devils Postpile National Monument

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Devils Postpile National Monument

Address:PO Box 3999
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93545

Phone:760-934-2289
Fax:760-934-2289
Web: www.nps.gov/depo/
Size: 798 acres.
Established: Proclaimed on July 6, 1911; transferred from Forest Service on August 10, 1933.
Location:In east-central California, between Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequoia national parks. Drive 10 miles west from US 395 on SR 203 to Minaret Summit and then 7 miles on mountain road.
Facilities:Campgrounds, picnic area, ranger station (é).
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The formation of Devils Postpile was the result of hot lava cooling and cracking to form basalt columns 40 to 60 feet high, resembling a giant pipe organ. The monument also includes the 101-foot Rainbow Falls of the San Joaquin River, and sections of the 211-mile John Muir Trail (linking Yosemite and Kings Canyon national parks) and the 2,638-mile Pacific Crest Trail (spanning the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, from Canada to Mexico).

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About an hour before sunset, set off to Minaret Vista near the Devils Postpile entrance station to watch the sun drop behind the Ritter Range, a chain of serrated peaks and pinnacles, visit mammoth.com.
The entrance at the Wentworth Springs is considered the original gateway to the trail which opens to the first obstacle called the Devils Postpile. A portion of the route (19 km) passes in part through the El Dorado National Forest and the Tahoe National Forest.
"Yosemite: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Devils Postpile & Carrizo Plain" is an eye-opening portrait of Yosemite National Park, land of gigantic, near-immortal trees, the 60-foot columnar basalt formations of Devils Postpile National Monument, and the National Monument of Carrizo Plain where one can see surface fractures of the San Andreas Fault.
These are called jointed basalt columns, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica, with Giant's Causeway in Ireland and Devils Postpile in California as two of the most famous examples.t's possible to figure out how quickly the basalt cooled, and thus how quickly the columns formed, by measuring the distance from one small horizontal crack, called a stria, to the next.
The Devils Postpile in Yosemite, California, is a columnar-basalt formation.
Devils Postpile Monument, Minarets Wilderness, California.
19 DEVILS POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT Geology meets geometry in a massive rock formation of hexagonal columns formed by an ancient lava flow.
Travel through some of the most unique, spectacular parts of the Sierra--Yosemite, Thousand Island Lake, Devils Postpile, and Mammoth Lakes--all in one trip.
It includes nearly all of Nevada; the whole western third or so of Utah, including Salt Lake City; the southeast corner of Oregon; the southwest edge of Idaho; and the area of California covered in the article except for Devils Postpile National Monument.
Boasting 40- to 60-foot-tall columns of blue-gray basalt, Devils Postpile National Monument (www.nps.gov/depo or 760/934-2289) is a visual reminder of this area's volcanic past.
Nearby is Devils Postpile NM, considered one of the world's best examples of columnar basalt.