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Description - The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. It is the remnant of an ancient volcanic feature. 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. This area was proclaimed September 24, 1906 as the nation's first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Attractions - The Visitor Center is located at the end of the park road at the base of the Tower. Outdoor wayside exhibits can be found throughout the monument. There are regularly scheduled summer walks, talks, and evening campfire programs.

There is a fifty site campground in the park. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no lodging in park. A KOA campground is located outside entrance.

Recreation - Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, photography.

Climate - This area experiences cold winters, and snow is not unusual. It normally experiences cool, rainy springs and warm, sometimes hot summers with some thunderstorms. Fall is usually mild to cool.

Location - Devils Tower is located in the northeast corner of Wyoming approximately 70 miles northeast of Gillette off Interstate 90.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: cool

Filed By: Jeff Bockoven (Lincoln, NE)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Breathtaking and surreal site. I am not much for organized camping but the KOA sits within postcard view of the tower. At nights they have an outdoor movie which is always 'Close Encounters'. Its great fun. As you watch the tower in the movie you are able to look over to your right and see the imposing tower in the darkness(didn't see any ufo's that night). It does sit in a pretty isolated area, get gas on the interstate as it is hard to come by after that. The Devils Tower area does have a few shops w/groceries, and trinkets and a few snack bars, but no gas stations. The town of Hulet(sp?) is 9 miles further up the road and has a couple of real Wyoming type bars/cafes. The monument has a couple of short hiking trails, one of which is 1.3 miles and circles the tower, pretty easy for most anyone. Other trails circle it at a larger intervals and there is a pretty red-sandy canyon nearby.

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Contact Information:
Devils Tower National Monument, P.O. Box 10 , Devils Tower, WY, 82714-0010, Phone: 307-467-5283

Additional Information:
Northern Wyoming - The Northern Wyoming Travel Region includes the area from the eastern Yellowstone National Park boundary, east to the South Dakota border. This is a vast and unpopulated region with some spectacular attractions.
Wyoming National Forests & Parks - Wyoming's four National Forests and its two National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, cover some of the most spectacular mountain terrain in the United States. Most areas offer outstanding outdoor recreation activities and solitude.

Devils Tower Lodge - This Bed and Breakfast is located at the base of the tower and specializes in guided climbs up devils tower.
Devils Tower National Monument - Official agency website


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