Devils Tower is the most popular tourist’s destination in Wyoming, USA. The one of a kind natural wonder has been proclaimed America’s first natural monument by the former president Theodore Roosevelt. The Devils Tower is rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and Wyoming’s eastern plains. The volcanic formation which is flat from the top is known to be a sacred place of over 20 Native American Tribes. There is plenty to do in and near Devils tower apart from sightseeing of the national monument.
What to do at Devils Tower:
The devils tower visitor center offers the spectators knowledge about the culture and history of the place through displays. There are 8-miles of nature trails around the mountain where the nature lovers can enjoy the hike and view the flora.
Tourists can also book for rangers-led tours of the monument. The summers open up a cultural program where you can hear speakers on many different subjects. Those who are skilled climbers can also register with the monuments authorities and check out after the climb. The climbing area closes in June as a respect to the American Indian traditional activities that take place during the month.
The waters of Belle Fourche are also home to many kinds of fishes such as catfish, walleye, and black bullhead. The tourists can enjoy the sport of fishing as well as boat in the nearby Keyhole Reservoir.
Eating and Lodging:
The Belle Fourche campground has a picnic area available with washroom facilities. Although there are no restaurants located at the Devils Tower site, tourists can dine at those located within few minutes’ drive from the area.
The Belle Fourche Campground also has limited number of sites for camping as well as RVs. They are available on a first come first basis. There are other options available outside the campground where visitors can park their RVs or lodge at Bed and Breakfast nearby.
When to go:
The devils tower national monument is open 24/7 except for certain days on Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. The timings of the Visitor Center vary by seasons. Check with the administration or visit the Devils Tower website for more information.
The monument fees are $ 10 for a 7 day, single vehicle pass and motorcycle riders are to pay $5 for a 7-day.
• It is advisable to take along sufficient amount of water and wear comfortable shoes, when walking the trails. They are not highly maintained in winters so it is safe to use ice cleats or other similar equipment.
• Voice and noise travel long distance in the sacred and quiet place. Often loud noises can disrupt the climbers so it is required to be respectful in the area.
• The plants, wildlife and the artifacts of the monument are protected. The religious equipment and the prayer bundles are also confined property. Please, do not disturb the items.
Devils Tower is a great place to visit that offers fantastic opportunities to the tourists to view the beautiful landscape and wildlife.