Ranger Programs

Interpretive ranger programs have started for the summer 2017 season! Daily programs will be offered through early September. The park will also host guest speakers and offer astronomy programs on select dates during the summer. In addition to the list below, you can also check our event calendar for programs happening on specific dates.
 
A park ranger addresses a group of visitors
Many of the park's ranger programs take place at the benches in the center of the parking area outside the visitor center.

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Daily Programs

  • Guided Hike, Tower Trail - 10:00 am - Join a ranger for a guided walk around the base of the Tower. This program lasts about 2 hours; comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the benches in the center of the parking area.
  • Ranger Talk - times below - Join park staff for a 20-minute talk; topics vary by presenter, and include geology, climbing, park stories and more. Meet at the benches in the center of the parking area.
    • 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 pm
  • Evening Program - 8:30 pm - Evening programs are now offered nightly in the amphitheater. Most Fridays and Saturdays, the park will host a special guest presentation (see below). All other nights, park staff will present on a variety of topics related to the park. These programs take place at the amphitheater, near the campground.
Note that programs are subject to change or cancellation. Check at the visitor center for information current to that day, including program topics.
 

Astronomy Programs

During the summer, park staff will offer occasional astronomy programs. Plan to stay up late, as the sun will not set until after 9:00 pm through most of the summer! These programs offer a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a disappearing resource: the night sky. Park telescopes are provided, but visitors may bring their own telescopes and binoculars if they wish!

Astronomy programs generally take place in the amphitheater near the picnic and camping areas. Most are scheduled to take place after a special presenter (see below), and start around 9:30 pm.
  • June 10 - Enjoy the nearly full moon as it rises about an hour after sunset. Learn about the most well-known object of our night skies, and stick around for a chance to view planetary neighbors Jupiter and Saturn.
  • June 24 - A focus on astrophotography will show you the best ways to capture images of the night sky.
  • July 1 - In addition to the natural wonders of the night sky, several man-made objects are visible from Earth as well. Learn more about satellites and their flares between viewing deep-sky objects.
  • July 29 - The Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower will peak around this date, and Devils Tower National Monument is the perfect place to observe and learn about this annual occurence.
  • August 11 - The Perseids Meteor Shower is another annual event that can be observed from within the park. Early August is prime viewing time!
  • August 20 - 11:30 am - The day before the solar eclipse, learn more about this rare and spectacular event.
  • August 21 - 11:30 am - For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime event! The park will have special eyewear for viewing the eclipse, and will offer a ranger program during the event. Up to 95% occlusion is estimated for the Tower area.
 

Special Presenters

Every year, Devils Tower National Monument hosts a series of guest speakers and special presentations. For summer 2017, presentations will take place at 8:30 pm in the amphitheater near the picnic and camping area. These will occur on Fridays and/or Saturdays.
  • May 27 & 28 - Lyle Miller, Lakota artist and cultural representative
  • June 10 - Dr. David Ode, ecologist/biologist for South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks and author of Dakota Flora
  • June 16 & 17 - Willie LeClare, Eastern Shoshone dancer and cultural representative
  • June 23 & 24 - Kevin Loche, American Indian flute player and Lakota/Anishinaabe cultural representative
  • June 30 & July 1 - Gib Young, Theodore Roosevelt reenactor
  • July 7 & 8 - Indiana Bones, Emmy Award-winning performance artist
  • July 14 & 15 - Buffalo Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo, musicians and performers of American history
  • July 21 & 22 - Phillip Whiteman Jr., Northern Cheyenne storyteller, dancer, and horse trainer
  • July 28 & 29 - Chance Dennis, cowboy poet and performer
  • August 3 - Susan Sanders, National Weather Service meteorologist
  • August 25 & 26 - Robert Dennis, cowboy poet and performer

Last updated: July 19, 2017

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PO Box 10
Devils Tower, WY 82714

Phone:

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