Things To Do
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:
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 9 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.
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.