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Devils Tower National Monument Reopens to Visitors After Shutdown

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Date: October 17, 2013
Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283

Devils Tower National Monument Reopens to Visitors After Shutdown

Devils Tower, WY – Devils Tower National Monument re-opens to visitors. Visitors can access the visitor center while and other facilities are brought back online. Devils Tower National Monument has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

"We are excited to return to work and welcome visitors to Devils Tower," said Superintendent Reed Robinson. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Devils Tower has to offer."

The park visitor center and the Devils Tower Natural History Association is open for visitors to explore and visit with park staff.

 Devils Tower is also recovering after a severe snow and ice storm hit Northeast Wyoming on October 5th.  Damaged trees can be found throughout the Monument causing closures of the hiking trails, climbing routes and the picnic area. A crew from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office is working to clear the damaged trees. Trails will be reopened over the next few days. The Belle Fourche River Campground also suffered multiple tree damage in many campsites and will remain closed throughout the winter.

 Sunday October 20 the visitor center will begin winter hours and will be open daily 9am to 4pm.  

To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument contact a park ranger at 307-467-5283, visit us online at www.nps.gov/deto or on Facebook at Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site.

 Devils Tower National Monument is located, 33 miles northeast of Moorcroft, WY, 27 miles northwest of Sundance, WY via U.S. 14, 9 Miles south of Hulett via WY24, and 52 miles southwest of Belle Fourche, S.D. via S.D. Highway34/WY24.

Did You Know?

Devils Tower at sunset

It is believed that the Tower got its name when Colonel Dodge's translator misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God's Tower, later shortened to Devils Tower. Some Indians call it Mato Tipila, meaning Bear Lodge. Other American Indian names include Bear’s Tipi, Home of the Bear, and Tree Rock.