Current Climbing Closures

A falcon perched on a pile of wood
Prairie and peregrine falcons like to nest on exposed rocky outcrops, and the Tower provides an ideal habitat for their eyries.

Annual closures

Nesting Falcons

Some routes are annually closed in order to protect nesting prairie or peregrine falcons. Routes are frequently closed between March and July. During this time nesting activity is monitored by park staff. Routes will be reopened when no nesting activity is observed. Climbing near raptor nests stresses the birds and often leads to chick death. Defensive raptor behavior is also potentially dangerous for climbers. Please check for route closures when you register to climb. Rangers will strictly enforce these closures.

2019 Route Closures

As of April 1, 2019, the west face of the Tower is closed to climbing. This includes all routes from "Good Holds for Godzilla" to "Accident Victim." Click the arrow below to expand the entire list of closed routes.

Good Holds for Godzilla
Verrouiller Letoit
No Holds for Bonzo
High Nam
Potatoes Alien
Blotter is My Spotter
Spank the Monkey
Non-Dairy Creamer
Brokedown Palace
Up in Smoke
Jerry’s Kids
Double Feature
Captain Video
Scott Free
Pee Pee’s Plunge
One O’Clock Demo
Some Like It Hot
The Howling
Mr. Clean
Dead Point
Misty Morning Melody
A Bridge Too Far
Adventurous Daze
Tulgey Wood
Mystery Express
Way Layed
McCarthy West Face
El Matador
La Vaca Solitaria
The Thin Dagger
White Lightning
Abject Cathexis
Billie Bear Cranks the Rad
A Reach Too Far
Liken Lichen
Porcupining Away
Object Cathexis
Steal Away
Accident Victim

June Voluntary Climbing Closure

Each year a voluntary climbing closure is in effect June 1-30 to respect American Indian ceremonies. Park staff works to educate the climbing community and the general public about the reasons for this closure.

American Indians have regarded the Tower as a sacred site long before climbers found their way to the area. Tribes have expressed concerns about recreational climbing at Devils Tower. Some perceive climbing on the Tower as a desecration to their sacred site. It appears to many American Indians that climbers and hikers do not respect their culture by the very act of climbing on or near the Tower.

A key element of the Climbing Management Plan is the June Voluntary Climbing Closure. The National Park Service has decided to advocate this closure in order to promote understanding and encourage respect for the culture of American Indian tribes who are closely affiliated with the Tower as a sacred site. June is a culturally significant time when many (not all) ceremonies traditionally occur. Although voluntary, this closure has been very successful - resulting in an 80% reduction in the number of climbers during June.

During the month of June, climbers are asked to voluntarily refrain from climbing on the Tower and hikers to voluntarily refrain from scrambling within the inside of the Tower Trail Loop. Please strongly consider the closure when planning a climbing trip to Devils Tower. Alternative climbing areas are located within 100 miles of Devils Tower National Monument. The Access Fund fully supports the voluntary closure and the Climbing Management Plan at Devils Tower.

Last updated: May 3, 2019

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