Devils Tower Reopens
Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283
Devils Tower National Monument reopens Friday morning following a brief closure after a prescribed burn escaped containment late Wednesday afternoon. The Belle Fourche Fire was 100% contained at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Firefighters continue to strengthen control lines, mop-up hot spots, and remove hazardous trees to ensure public safety.
"The entrance road, Tower Trail, Belle Fourche Campground, picnic area, and visitor center will open Friday morning at 9 o'clock", said Reed Robinson, Monument Superintendent. "The visitor center complex will be open but without potable water due to a utility system failure during the fire. All climbing routes on the tower will be open. All other facilities and trail remain closed as firefighters continued mop-up."
For more information, call 307-467-5283, visit on-line at www.nps.gov/deto, or follow the Monument via Facebook at Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site.
Did You Know?
Devils Tower is made of phonolite porphyry. Phonolite refers to the ringing of the rock when a small slab is struck, and its ability to reflect sound. Porphyry refers to its texture, large crystals of feldspar embedded in a mass of smaller crystals.