• America's First

    Devils Tower

    National Monument Wyoming

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Circle of Sacred Smoke

The Visitor Center is open mid-spring through fall. Hours vary season to season. Interpretive exhibits explain the geologic, natural, and cultural history of the area.

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:
The circle of sacred smoke sculpture honors the American people as a gesture of world peace by sculptor Junkyu Muto. The sculpture is designed to help raise visitor awareness of the importance of the tower to over twenty affiliated tribes. It is the third of seven works planned by the sculptor around the world. The first two are located at Vatican City and Bodhi, India. The sculpture represents the first puff of smoke from a newly lit pipe. The sculpture is accessible by road or by trail from the prairie dog town.

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 will take place between mid-June and late August. A modified schedule of activities will take place in May, September and October.

INTERPRETIVE 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 WALK 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 Wednesday through Sunday nights at the Devils Tower Amphitheater located near the campground and picnic area. Topics vary and are listed at the Visitor Center. Programs usually begin at 8 p.m.

The Summer Cultural Program brings speakers and performers from the area to the park to present programs with tribal, historical or climbing themes. Some programs are already on the Schedule of Events. 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 during the months of September and October. Selected writers will be offered housing at the Monument. A $200 travel stipend is provided in two payments 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?

Close up of Devils Tower's columns

The columns that create Devils Tower can be 4, 5, 6, or 7 sided. Some geologists believe the last column fell 10,000 years ago.