Plan Your Visit
Summer is here! It's a 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.
During the week of August 4 is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when several thousand motorcyclists will be visiting the Park. Wednesday, August 7 there will be a special shuttle for long vehicles. To meet the shuttle, park in the long vehicle parking lot near the campground. The shuttle will operate 9 am to 4 pm. This will alleviate congestion near the base of the Tower.
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.
Devils Tower NM joins other NPS 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?
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.