Devils Tower

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Introduction

Devils Tower is an laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 386 metres above the Belle Fourche River, standing 265 metres from summit to base. The summit is 1,559 metres above sea level.

Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Monument's boundary encloses an area of 545 ha).

In recent years, about 1% of the Monument's 400,000 annual visitors climbed Devils Tower, mostly using traditional climbing techniques.

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Geography

The landscape surrounding Devils Tower is composed mostly of sedimentary rocks. The oldest rocks visible in Devils Tower National Monument were laid down in a shallow sea during the Triassic period, 225 to 195 million years ago. This dark red sandstone and maroon siltstone, interbedded with shale, can be seen along the Belle Fourche River. Oxidation of iron minerals causes the redness of the rocks. This rock layer is known as the Spearfish Formation.

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Sights and Activities

Today, hundreds of climbers scale the sheer rock walls of Devils Tower each summer. The most common route is the Durrance Route, which was the second free route established in 1938. There are many established and documented climbing routes covering every side of the tower, ascending the various vertical cracks and columns of the rock. The difficulty of these routes range from relatively easy to some of the hardest in the world. All climbers are required to register with a park ranger before and after attempting a climb. No overnight camping at the summit is allowed; climbers return to base on the same day they ascend.

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Opening Hours

Devils Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year except December 25th and January 1st.

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Cost

A 7-day pass costst 10 dollars for a car (and all passengers) and 5 dollars if you arrive on foot or by bicycle.

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Getting There and Around

By car, the entrance is located 33 miles northeast of Moorcroft via U.S. 14/ 24, WY, 27 miles northwest of Sundance. via U.S. 14, 9 miles south of Hulett via WY 24, and 52 miles southwest of Belle Fourche, S.D. via S.D. Highway 34/ WY24.

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Eat/Drink

There are no restaurants at Devils Tower National Monument. There are several restaurants available within just a few minutes of Devils Tower.

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Sleep

The Belle Fourche Campground usually opens in May every year and has 50 sites, on a first come first served basis, for tents and RVs up to 35' in length. No hookups available.

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