Technical rock climbing is allowed in the monument. All persons planning to climb or scramble above the boulder field are required to register before their climb and check in when they return. Climbing permits are offered free of charge at the kiosk in the parking area, at the Climbing Office, or at the Visitor Center.
The Climbing Management Plan, implemented in 1995, manages Devils Tower National Monument as both a natural and cultural resource. To the Northern Plains Indians, the Tower is a sacred site. In deference to American Indian views, there is a voluntary climbing closure during the month of June.
At certain times of the year (notably in the spring), some climbing routes may be closed. It is a climber's responsibility to know and comply by all climbing regulations. Find out more information about climbing from the park's website.
More Things to Do:
The Summer Cultural Program brings speakers and performers from the area to the park to present programs with tribal, historical or climbing themes. Check at the Visitor Center for more information, or use our online Event Calendar.
The Junior Ranger Program is offered year round for youth and families. Junior Ranger booklets may be obtained at the Visitor Center, or printed out online. We recommend at least one hour to complete the program. Upon completion of the booklet, Junior Rangers will be officially sworn in and given a special badge. Junior Ranger Patches may be purchased in the bookstore.The Writers in Residency Program allows writers to compete for two one-week residencies; one for prose and one for poetry. Selected writers will be offered housing at the Monument. A $400 travel stipend is provided by the Devils Tower Natural History Association. The goal of this residency is to provide an inspiring, secluded working environment for promising writers.
Winter activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, and climbing. Caution - trails are not maintained during the winter months. The road to the Visitor Center, picnic area and Circle of Sacred Smoke sculpture may not be open in the winter.