Ranger Programs

 
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.
    • 12:00, 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.
 
Buffalo Bill performs at Devils Tower National Monument
The park amphitheater is a short walk from the campground, and hosts ranger programs and special presenters through the summer.

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Summer 2018 Special Presenter Series

Every year, Devils Tower National Monument and the Devils Tower Natural History Association host a series of special presentations at the park. Unless otherwise noted, presentations start at 8:30 pm in the park amphitheater.
  • June 1 and 2: Lyle Miller presents Lakota history and culture, storytelling and art.
  • June 8 and 9: Indiana Bones, “Keeper of Legends” an Emmy award winning writer, producer and performing artist combining archaeology, action, adventure, ancient legends, mythology and folklore. Indy thrills and educates audiences with his unique storytelling abilities.
  • June 22 and 23: Kevin Loche is a Lakota and Anishinaabe flute player and hoop dancer, as well as a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator.
  • June 29 and 30: Willie LeClair, Eastern Shoshone from Riverton, Wyoming is a traditional dancer continuing the tradition of the warrior, wearing the eagle feathers of past days.
  • July 5: President George Washington will present on his relationships with Native Americans. Our country's first president, portrayed by Mr. Carl Closs, will visit our country’s first national monument.
  • July 6 and 7: Meet President Theodore Roosevelt as he describes his life and the conservation and preservation measures taken to make Devils Tower the first national monument. President Theodore Roosevelt, portrayed by Mr. Gib Young, declared Devils Tower as America’s First National Monument in 1906.
  • July 13 and 14: Join Buffalo Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo as they present a live musical performance with exciting western songs about Cowboys, The Oregon Trail, The Transcontinental Railroad, Lewis and Clark, Stories in Traditional Native American Indian Sign Language, Cowboy Poetry and World-Class Yodeling. Composer/Performers Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo.
  • July 20 and 21: Phillip Whiteman Jr., Northern Cheyenne, will share the traditional arts of storytelling, song and dance, and horsemanship to reconnect tribal communities with their histories, cultures and ways of being.
  • July 27 and 28: Enjoy the lively cowboy poetry and music of Chance Dennis as he presents western life in the Black Hills.
  • August 3 and 4: Chance Ensemble invites you to take a walk in the woods with the words of John Muir. A musical landscape will surround you, excite you to follow around the next bend, and deliver you to a deep appreciation for one of our country's most influential naturalists. Composer/Performers Cheryl Leah and Ed Willett
  • August 17 and 18: The Whitebull Dancers with the Little Brave Singers present traditional Arapaho singing, drumming, and dancing.
  • August 24 and 25: Robert Dennis presents cowboy poetry and music from a lifelong love affair with the Black Hills.
 

Astronomy Programs

Devils Tower National Monument will offer several night sky programs throughout the summer. Remember that the park is open 24 hours a day, and you are welcome to enjoy the night skies any time between sunset and sunrise! The programs below will feature park staff and telescopes to guide you in your night sky viewing. Unless otherwise noted, programs begin at 8:30 in the park amphitheater.
  • May 30: Full Moon Viewing - see the Tower by the light of the full moon and explore other night sky objects
  • June 13: Night Skies with a New Moon - stick around after the evening program for night sky viewing, starting at 9:30 pm
  • June 27: Half the Park is After Dark - enjoy an encore to the evening program with an almost-full moon lighting up the Tower formation, starting at 9:30 pm
  • June 28: Full Moon Viewing - see the Tower by the light of the full moon and explore other night sky objects
  • July 13: Night Skies with a New Moon - after the special guest presentation, a ranger will begin a star gazing program at 9:30 pm
  • July 27: Half the Park is After Dark - experience the Tower by the light of the full moon, starting at 9:30 pm after the special guest presentation
  • August 11: Perseid Meteor Shower - join a ranger to view and learn about this annual astronomical event

Last updated: May 20, 2018

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PO Box 10
Devils Tower, WY 82714

Phone:

(307) 467-5283 x635
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