Spring doesn't rush on its way to Wyoming, but that's not stopping the folks at Devils Tower National Monument from getting their grounds ready for the travel season.
The visitor center at the monument, located in northeastern Wyoming, is scheduled to open for the season on April 14 with hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until May 1. Beginning May 1 the visitor center will be open seven days a week, and on May 29 the hours will extend, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those hours will remain set in place until September 6, when they'll scale back a bit to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Devils Tower visitor center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the area are displayed. Programs on the historic and natural features of the Tower will be offered daily during the summer months. The Devils Tower Natural History Association has a variety of books, postcards, posters, DVDs and videos for sale.
The Belle Fourche campground and picnic area will open on Tuesday, April 20, and will remain open through the end of October, weather permitting. Camping fees are $12/night. Golden Age and Golden Access cardholders pay $6.00 per night. The campground has flush toilets and fresh water available, but does not have any hook-ups.
The monument offers various programs and activities throughout the summer. The Cultural Program Series brings special guest speakers to Devils Tower to share their expertise and demonstrate their unique talents. This year’s roster begins with Jan Conn’s program on Tower Climbing on Saturday, May 29, and ends with the annual Cowboy Poetry Festival on Sunday, September 5.
For information to help plan your visit, please visit www.nps.gov/deto or call 307-467-5283. Information on summer activities and the Cultural Program Series is available at http://www.nps.gov/deto/planyourvisit/events.htm or by calling Chief of Interpretation Hugh Hawthorne at 307-467-5283, Extension 224.