President Theodore Roosevelt established the Devils
Tower National Monument on September 24, 1906. The monolith
known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above Belle Fourche
River. What you see today at the Devils Tower National
Monument is the remains of an ancient volcanic structure.
Referred to by several tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a
site of worship for many American Indians.
The Devils Tower National Monument is open daily; campgrounds are open from April - October. The visitor center is open
from 8:30am - 5:00pm spring and autumn, 8:00am-7:30pm
in the summer. There is an $8.00 entrance fee and if you
are going to camp; there is also a $12.00 camping
fee. Situated outside the park are two private campgrounds.
The city of Hulett is approximately 10 miles north East
of the Park and offers many reasonably priced hotels and
cabins. The reason most people go to Devils Tower Wyoming
is to climb the volcanic beast. If you are planning on
climbing the Devils Tower Wyoming, you are required by
law to register before and immediately after climbing
each day. Registration is used for your safety. Registration
is free and provides documentation of the Devils Tower
Wyoming as a climbing resource. The registration office
is open year round, during peak season May - September
you will be expected to park your vehicles in the lower
gravel parking lot.
During the month of June, a Voluntary Climbing Closure
is enacted. This is done in order to respect the wishes
of the Native American tribes that hold the Devils Tower
National Monument as a sacred religious place. When you
climb Devils Tower please adhere to the "Leave No
Trace" policy which entails: staying on trails, pack
out all litter, and try to refrain from stepping on any
flowers or grass that you may come across.
Several climbing guide companies hold permits to climb Devil Tower Wyoming. You can get this list by contacting the Devils Tower National Monument. If you do need a guide to climb devils tower make sure the guide has a valid permit for guiding climbs at Devils Tower WY. Some routes are annually closed in order to protect nesting Prairie Falcons. Routes closed between March and July.
Upon arriving in Devils Tower Wyoming, please check
the route closures because federal park rangers will enforce
these closures. Depending upon the season, you will experience
temperatures at varying degrees. Remember to pack the
essentials you will need to stay hydrated or warm. It's
always best to check the weather for the dates you'll be climbing. Remember that during
the non-peak season, there is no emergency assistance
available in Devil Tower WY and the nearest hospital is
60 miles away. As a rule of thumb, you should always carry
some sort of first-aid kit when climbing and any necessary
equipment to keep in communication with others.