Devils Tower National Monument

Overview

The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267-feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. The rolling hills of this 1,347-acre park are covered with pine forests, deciduous woodlands, and prairie grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are abundant. Proclaimed September 24, 1906 as the nation's first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Climbers test their skills on vertical rock walls. Visitors delight in the beauty of the area and enjoy the activites offered at the monument. American Indians consider the area sacred, a place for prayer and renewal. The circle of sacred smoke sculpture honors the American people as a gesture of world peace by sculptor Junkyu Muto. The sculpture is designed to help raise visitor awareness of the importance of the tower to over twenty affiliated tribes. It is the third of seven works planned by the sculptor around the world. The first two are located at Vatican City and Bodhi, India. The sculpture represents the first puff of smoke from a newly lit pipe. The sculpture is acessible by road or by trail from the prairie dog town.

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Seasonality / Weather

Devils Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The visitor center and bookstore will be open year-round.

Directions

Driving: 

Visitors travelling east on I-90 exit at Moorcroft, WY. Visitors traveling west on I-90 exit at Sundance, WY then take 14 north to 24 and take 24 north to Devils Tower.

Flying: 

Nearest commercial airports at Gillette, WY and Rapid City, SD.