Contact: Nancy Stimson
Devils Tower National Monument will be joining 397 national park units across the country in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free entry into the park on Monday, January 21.
The national parks hold something for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisurely nature walk, or simply pack a picnic lunch and get away from it all. In the parks, visitors of all abilities and interests can enjoy a holiday, often without making more than a short trip from one of the population centers many of us call home.
"Winter can be a great time to visit Devils Tower." said Nancy Stimson, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Devils Tower National Monument. "There are fewer people in the park and the pace is slower, more relaxing. Fee free days are a great opportunity to re-discover a national park in your backyard. I invite everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity to explore the national parks in the Black Hills."
In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 10 other days in 2013 – the weekdays of National Park Week (April 22 through 26), the National Park Service's 97th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 28), and Veterans Day weekend (November 9 through 11).
National park passes that provide free or discounted admission are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.
For more on national park fee free days, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
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?
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.