Photo by Frank Sanders
|Range/Region:||North American Plains|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1937|
|First successful climber(s):||Fritz Wiessner, William House, Lawrence Coveny|
|Nearest major airport:||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Convenient Center:||Devils Tower, Wyoming|
Devils Tower is an isolated rock tower, a volcanic plug with striking symmetry and spectacular columnar formations. It has a base 1,000 feet across, and rises 867 feet, sheer on all sides, to a level 1.5-acre summit. In 1906, Devils Tower was established by Theodore Roosevelt as the first U.S. National Monument. Today it is one of the finest rock climbs in the United States. Each crack and column is essentially a route in itself, and hundreds of possible routes exist. Over 3000 climbers attempt the tower each year, with roughly half of those successfully reaching the summit.