Things To Do
Hiking trails are approximately 8 miles (12.1 km) through the Monument. The popular 1.3 mile (2 km) paved Tower Trail circles Devils Tower itself. Other longer trails traverse tranquil forests and meadows in the monument.
Circle of Sacred Smoke Sculpture:
Winter activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, and climbing. Caution - trails are not maintained during the winter months. The road to the picnic area and circle of sacred smoke may not be open in the winter.
Technical rock climbing is allowed in the monument. ALL PERSONS PLANNING TO CLIMB OR SCRAMBLE ABOVE THE BOULDER FIELD ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER BEFORE AND CHECK IN AFTER A CLIMB. The Climbing Management Plan, implemented in 1995, manages Devils Tower as both a natural and cultural resource. To the Northern Plains Indians, Devils Tower is a sacred site. Out of deference to American Indian views, there is a voluntary climbing closure during the month of June.
Interpretive activities: A full schedule of interpretive activities are offered Memorial Day to Labor Day. A modified schedule of activities will take place in September and October.
Ranger Talks explore the natural and cultural history of the monument. These 20 minute talks meet in front of the Visitor Center and are handicap accessible. Subjects and times vary and will be announced prior to each program.
The Tower Trail enables visitors to explore Devils Tower with a ranger on the Tower Trail. This 1 ½ hour guided walk begins in front of the Visitor Center. Good walking shoes and water are recommended.
Evening Programs are offered in the amphitheater located near the campground and picnic area. Topics vary and are listed at the Visitor Center. Evening Programs begin at 8:30 p.m. Times may vary, check at the visitor center.
The Summer Cultural Program brings speakers and performers from the area to the park to present programs with tribal, historical or climbing themes. Check at the Visitor Center when you arrive at the Monument.
A Junior Ranger Program is available for children. Junior Ranger booklets may be obtained at the Visitor Center. Junior Rangers will need at least one hour to complete the program. Junior Ranger Certificates and badges are issued upon completion of the booklet. Junior Ranger Patches may be purchased in the bookstore.
The Writers in Residency Program alows writers to compete for two one-week residencies; one for prose and one for poetry. Selected writers will be offered housing at the Monument. A $400 travel stipend is provided by the Devils Tower Natural History Association. The goal of this residency is to provide an inspiring, secluded working environment for promising writers. Please click here for more information
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.