One of the more intimate campgrounds, in one of the more remote national monuments will not open this summer due to winter storm damage, according to the National Parks Traveler

The 20-site campground in Devils Postpile National Monument in eastern California sidles up to the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Set in a forest, the campground suffered damage from the hard winter.

The monument has limited day-use facilities that do not meet the demands of the 150,000 annual visitors. The existing day-use area is congested and cramped, due to the campground and parking occupying much of the usable space.

This continued closure will provide greater access and a higher quality recreation experience for day-use visitors along the riverfront for fishing and picnicking, according to park staff.

There are five U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the immediate area that can accommodate several hundred campers a night.

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