Basic Information

Devils Tower rises above the trees
Devils Tower high above the trees

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Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet (386 m) above the Belle Fourche River. A sacred place to over 20 Native American Tribes, Devils Tower is also known as Mato Tipila or Bear Lodge. Devils Tower is such a special place that in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt made this America's first national monument.

Things to Do at Devils Tower:

  • Check out the exhibits and the bookstore in the Visitor Center
  • Become a Junior Ranger
  • Visit Prairie Dog Town
  • Hike the Trails
    • Tower Trail 1.3 mi (2 km)
    • Red Beds Trail 2.8 mi (4.5 km)
    • Joyner Trail 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Know Before You Go


Here are some useful reminders to help maximize the safety and enjoyment of all park visitors:

1. When walking the trails, take plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

2. All plants, wildlife, and archeological artifacts are protected. "Take only pictures, steal only time, leave only footprints" ~author unknown.

3. Be respectful of this quiet place. Voices and noise travel long distances here.

4. Traditional cultural landscapes are protected places. Please do not disturb prayer bundles.

 

For mailing address, scroll to bottom of page.

149 State Highway 110
Devils Tower, WY 82714

The park entrance is located 33 miles northeast of Moorcroft, 27 miles northwest of Sundance, and 52 miles southwest of Belle Fourche, SD. If approaching from the east or west, take US Hwy 14 to WY 24 (follow the signs from I-90). If approaching from the north, take WY 112 to WY 24 (from Montana) or SD 34 / WY 24 (from South Dakota).

Devils Tower National Monument Operating Hours and Seasons

Devils Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year. See Visitor Center tab for operating hours as they vary by season.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Additional Information

Obtain forecast information before beginning your adventure at Devils Tower National Monument and observe changing weather conditions. Thunderstorms can develop quickly bringing lightening, hail, rain, slippery rock surfaces, and hypothermia. Summer days can bring very hot temperatures. Carry enough water, and realize the rock of the Tower can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter Weather can bring blowing snow and road closures. Current Weather Information can be found at http://goo.gl/CzE6RN

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee, 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $15.00

Fee for a single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers.

Entrance Fee, 1-7 Day Motorcycle Pass - $10.00

Fee for a single motorcycle and operator/passenger.

Entrance Fee, 1-7 Day Individual Permit - $5.00

Admits one individual when entering on foot or bicycle. Individuals 15 years of age or younger are admitted free. This may also be used to calculate cost for organized non-profit groups (service organizations, scout groups, religious groups, etc.)

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 1-6 people) - $25.00

These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers. The fee is $25 plus $5/person, not to exceed $40.

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 7-25 people) - $40.00

These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers.

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 26 or more people) - $100.00

These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers.

Entrance Passes:

Devils Tower National Monument Annual Pass - $30.00

Valid for 12 months from date of purchase, for entry into Devils Tower National Monument only.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass-Annual Pass - $80.00

This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children under 16 are admitted free)

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass–Senior Pass. - $10.00

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass-Access Pass - $0.00

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass-Volunteer Pass - $0.00

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. Contact the Chief of Interpretation at 307-467-5283 ext. 224 to learn about volunteer opportunities in Devils Tower National Monument.

Devils Tower National Monument Visitor Center

The Devils Tower National Monument Visitor Center contains interpretive exhibits, as well as the Devils Tower Natural History Association bookstore and souvenir shop. The visitor center was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the center of the parking area outside you can find climbing registration and ranger programs (offered in the summer).

 

June Voluntary Climbing Closure

The National Park Service asks that climbers choose not to climb the Tower during the month of June. The June voluntary climbing closure was selected as part of the Devils Tower Climbing Management Plan by a working group that included two climber organizations, two American Indian organizations, and other agency and local government representatives.

Observance of the voluntary June closure balances American Indian cultural and ceremonial values associated with the Tower and the month of June, with the status of the Tower as a world class destination and experience for rock climbers.

Climbers are strongly encouraged to consider enjoying the many other climbing options available in northeast Wyoming and the Black Hills area of South Dakota, during the month of June.
• Why June? The summer solstice, which occurs late in June, makes June an extremely culturally significant period for American Indians. The Tower is a sacred site to affiliated tribal cultures. June was selected as the voluntary closure month by the Climbing Management Plan working group due to the many traditional ceremonies taking place throughout June, culminating at the end of June and the solstice.

• I don’t see any ceremonies, why should I choose not to climb in June? The voluntary June closure is not tied to the visible presence of American Indian ceremonies at the Tower because these ceremonies occur any day throughout the year. Some ceremonies occur at night. These ceremonies are often private and may not be visible to visitors. Compliance with the voluntary closure is necessary to achieve balance between American Indian cultural values and climber access.
• Why are climbers restricted when other user groups are not? Climbing is perceived by some American Indians to be in direct conflict with the Tower as a sacred site. One of the key elements of the Climbing Management Plan is balancing the perspectives and uses by American Indians and climbers. The voluntary closure includes all of the area inside the Tower Trail and applies to all monument visitors.

American Indians have regarded the Tower as a sacred place long before climbers found their way to the area. Today, climbing is a popular form of recreation at the monument. The mission of the National Park Service requires us to protect this resource, educate our visitors about the significance of the resource, and provide for visitors' enjoyment of the resource.

The Access Fund, a climber advocacy and access organization, supports compliance with the voluntary June climbing closure as a means to:
• Promote understanding and encourage respect for the culture of the numerous American Indian tribes who are closely affiliated with the Tower as a sacred site.
• Promote and advance self-regulation by climbers rather than more restrictive options.

Additinal information about climbing can be found at climbing at Devils Tower, as well as updates on climbing closures.

 
Thousands of motorcycles lined up to enter the park
Line to enter the park during the Sturgis Bike Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place during the first week in August, in Sturgis, South Dakota, about 80 miles from Devils Tower. Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists come from all over the United States and other countries. Many of them visit Devils Tower during the rally. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week there will be a shuttle for people with 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 to alleviate congestion near the visitor center.

Last updated: July 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 10
Devils Tower, WY 82714

Phone:

(307) 467-5283 x635
Devils Tower National Monument Phone Number

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