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Reds Meadow Road reconstruction update

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Reds Meadow Road reconstruction update
Projected schedule for public access during 2024 summer season now available

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., January 19, 2024 —Inyo National Forest, partner agencies and contractors responsible for the reconstruction of Reds Meadow Road, which leads to Devil’s Postpile National Monument, are ready to share the projected schedule for the summer 2024 season starting Friday, June 7.

“We hope this schedule will aid in helping our visitors and stakeholders plan their trip to Reds Meadow this year,” said District Ranger Fred Wong. “Please keep in mind we must have full closure days in order for this construction work to take place, for safety reasons, and to get the road finished as quickly as possible.”

Currently, Red’s Meadow Road is closed to wheeled vehicles for the regular winter season with an anticipated seasonal opening date of June 7, 2024, depending on weather. There will be no construction delays while the road is open, however the mandatory ESTA Shuttle Bus is still required to access Reds Meadow.

Schedule from June 7 – September 15, 2024:

  • Reds Meadow Road will be OPEN Friday mornings at 9:00 AM until Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM with the last ESTA Shuttle Bus.
    • Exception: opening day of June 7, the road will open at 12:00 PM.
  • Reds Meadow Road will be CLOSED 24 hours per day for construction work Sunday at 11:00 PM through Friday morning at 9:00 AM.
  • Holiday weekends:
    • Independence Day Weekend:
      • OPEN Wednesday July 3 at 12:00 PM – Sunday July 7 at 7:00 PM.
    • Labor Day Weekend:
      • OPEN Friday August 30 at 9:00 AM – Monday September 2 at 7:00 PM
  • Campgrounds:
    • All Forest Service and National Park Service campgrounds will remain closed in Reds Meadow Valley in 2024.
      • Devils Postpile National Monument will continue to provide interpretive and educational programs on days when Reds Meadow Road is open to the public. More information at
  • Wilderness permits:
    • Entry/exit will only be permitted Friday through Sunday for the following trailheads:
      • Beck Lake, Fern Lake, Fish Creek, High Trail, John Muir Trail North of Devil’s Postpile, John Muir Trail South of Devil’s Postpile, Minaret Lake, River Trail and Shadow Creek.
    • Entry/exit will not permitted Monday through Thursday.
    • Leaving your personal vehicle:
      • You are permitted to leave your vehicle overnight at a trailhead parking lot if you obtain a wilderness entry/exit on open days (Friday – Sunday).
        • For example, you may enter on a Sunday and exit on a Friday.
      • No matter what trailhead you are entering from (including any National Park Service lands), remember that your vehicle will not be allowed to leave Monday – Friday morning.
    • Please print a copy of your permit and leave on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  • For information about visiting Reds Meadow Resort and Pack Station, please check their website:

For more information visit:


Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center: (760) 924-5500
INF Wilderness Permit Office: (760) 873-2483
Or feel free to direct message us on Facebook @InyoNF

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