Plan Your Visit
Summer is here! It's great time to visit the Tower!
The monument is open 24 hours a day, and normally 365 days per year.
The visitor center and the Devils Tower Natural History Association Book Store located at the top of the hill and at the base of the Tower are open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
Meet President Theodore Roosevelt, portrayed by Mr. Gib Young in the campground amphitheater Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at 8:30 PM. He will also be in the visitor center bookstore throughout both days. On September 24, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower as the nation's first national monument!
Ranger interpretive programs are also presented. Please meet the ranger at 10:00 for a guided walk around the base of the Tower. The guided walk is 1.3 miles and may take 1.5 hours. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of water and sunscreen. A 20 minute ranger talk will be at 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. under the green awning or Prairie Dog Town. The evening program will be at 8:00 PM in the amphitheater near the Belle Fourche River Campground.
A temporary closure of climbing routes on the west face and southwest shoulder of the Tower after monument staff observed prairie falcons with defensive nesting behavior near McCarthy West Face. Specific routes within the closure include Good Holds for Godzilla (# 135) through Blade City (#192) described in the Devils Tower National Monument Climbing Handbook. The edges of the Tower summit above these routes are also closed. Other popular routes temporarily closed include Mac West, El Matador, Mr. Clean, the Southwest Buttress,andRangers Are People Too. The routes are temporarily closed for the protection of prairie falcons and the protection of climbers against the defensive nesting birds.
Climbing routes on the Tower's north and northwest shoulder are re-opened. These routes include Mac North, One Way Sunset, and Carol's Crack. The annual closure for nesting prairie falcons was established under the monument's 1995 Climbing Management Plan with authority from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Temporary closures are necessary when prairie falcons are nesting. The presence of climbers on the Tower near or above falcon nests is distressing to the parent birds. The birds become extremely defensive by diving at climbers. Disturbance from climbing activities may force falcons to abandon eggs or chicks. The temporary closure is implemented not only for the protection of the birds, but also for the protection of climbers, as falcons are known to defensively dive at intruders as they attempt to guard their nests. Climbers are asked to report falcon behavior to a park ranger.
Devils Tower NM joins other PS sites in not selling plastic water containers. You may purchase water containers in the bookstore from the Devils Tower Natural History Association or bring your own water container. There are water bottle refill stations throughout the Monument.
The Bell Fourche River Campground is open May through October. All trails are open. Please use caution when out exploring the Monument.
We also ask that you help to preserve the primitive nature of the area by following Park regulations. Smoking is permitted in designated areas, please do not litter. Pets may be walked in the parking areas as long as they are on leash. Pets are not permitted on the trails,
Deer and turkey are both abundant this year and also watch for the occasional fox, bobcat or mountain lion.
President Theodore Roosevelt established Devils Tower National Monument on September 24, 1906. The spectacular rock formation known as Devils Tower and the surrounding countryside, home to a myriad of plant and animal life, attract visitors from around the world. 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.
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Did You Know?
Over 20 tribes have a cultural affiliation with Devils Tower. Many tribes have stories about how the Tower was created. Most of the stories talk about a bear using its claws to score the Tower's sides.