Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument

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Devils Tower National Monument

Wyoming

(307) 467-5283

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Overview

The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267-feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. The rolling hills of this 1,347-acre park are covered with pine forests, deciduous woodlands, and prairie grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are abundant. Proclaimed September 24, 1906 as the nation's first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Climbers test their skills on vertical rock walls. Visitors delight in the beauty of the area and enjoy the activites offered at the monument. American Indians consider the area sacred, a place for prayer and renewal. The circle of sacred smoke sculpture honors the American people as a gesture of world peace by sculptor Junkyu Muto. The sculpture is designed to help raise visitor awareness of the importance of the tower to over twenty affiliated tribes. It is the third of seven works planned by the sculptor around the world. The first two are located at Vatican City and Bodhi, India. The sculpture represents the first puff of smoke from a newly lit pipe. The sculpture is acessible by road or by trail from the prairie dog town.

Map of Devils Tower

Latitude, Longitude: 44.590955, -104.717560

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Activities

  • Camping

    The Belle Fourche campground is now close for the winter season. Planned reopening is mid to late April 2011, weather permitting.

  • Climbing

    Hundreds of parallel cracks divide Devils Tower into large hexagonal columns, making it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. The longest of these continuous cracks are almost 400 feet long and vary significantly in width. Technical difficulties range from 5.7 to 5.13, although many climbers consider the older traditional "trade" routes such as the Durrance and Wiessner harder than the original ratings imply. Most of the routes at Devils Tower are not bolt protected and therefore require an appropriate selection of stoppers and camming devices in order to safely protect them. The few bolted face climbs that exist were established during the 1980's and early 1990's and the condition of some of the bolts reflect that era.

    Technical rock climbing is allowed in the monument. ALL PERSONS PLANNING TO CLIMB OR SCRAMBLE ABOVE THE BOULDER FIELD ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER BEFORE AND CHECK IN AFTER A CLIMB. The Climbing Management Plan, implemented in 1995, manages Devils Tower as both a natural and cultural resource. To the Northern Plains Indians, Devils Tower is a sacred site. Out of deference to American Indian views, there is a voluntary climbing closure during the month of June.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails meander for approximately 8 miles through Devils Tower National Monument. The popular 1.3 mile paved Tower Trail circles Devils Tower itself. Other longer trails traverse tranquil forests and meadows in the monument.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, and climbing. Caution - trails are not maintained in winter. The road to the picnic area and circle of sacred smoke may not be open in the winter.

Seasonality/Weather

Devils Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The visitor center and bookstore will be open year-round.

Park Partners

Welcome to Devils Tower Natural History Association

First established in 1958, Devils Tower Natural History Association (DTNHA) is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Wyoming. DTNHA's mission is to promote understanding and conservation of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the monument through education, public information, and service.

The Association publishes interpretive books, guides, and material about Devils Tower and the surrounding area. The Association offers publications for sale plus other items with interpretive or educational value regarding Devils Tower, the National Park Service and/or the region. The Association's bookstore is located in the visitor center.

Directions

Driving

Visitors travelling east on I-90 exit at Moorcroft, WY. Visitors traveling west on I-90 exit at Sundance, WY then take 14 north to 24 and take 24 north to Devils Tower.

Flying

Nearest commercial airports at Gillette, WY and Rapid City, SD.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 467-5283

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