Spring to fall
Rapid City, SD is an hour and a half drive west
Intermediate to advanced
Devils Tower is a crack climbers dream
Climbing Devils Tower is a unique experience that will take your breath away. Unparalleled cracks like you’ve never seen or climbed before, coupled with a majestic view from the top overlooking the surrounding green meadows and lakes, puts conquering this National Monument at the top of many climbers’ bucket lists. With over 200 routes to choose from, ranging from easy to some of the most challenging crack climbs in the entire world, a day of professionally guided climbing will help you advance your skills and reach new heights. Come and see what this historic climbing destination is all about.
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
If you want to learn to climb cracks, there’s no better place than Devils Tower. No matter your skill level, your guide will customize the itinerary according to your objectives. Learn new techniques, master new moves or conquer routes like El Matador or Freak and Beaks — the choice is yours!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
For multi-pitch climbing, the options are abundant in Devils Tower. If you’re just getting started, prepare to leave the ground and gain some altitude! You’ll learn the techniques and test out your new skills on a route selected by your guide. You’ll leave with the ability to tackle multi-pitch routes quickly and safely and gain confidence to take on bigger challenges. If you’re a comfortable multi-pitch climber, the sky’s the limit — literally! Let a guide plan the perfect day for you.
Devils Tower Summit Day
There’s more than one way to get to the top, and your guide will select the perfect route to ensure you have a successful summit. One option is the Durrance Route — listed as one of North America’s 50 classic climbs. Once you reach the top, add your name to the list of conquerors and sign the Summit Log. Depending on how fast you can scale this monument, there are options for more routes if time allows. This is a legendary and spectacular adventure and the rappel down is just as fun! This day starts early and may end late, so plan on a full-day adventure.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Devils Tower
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Devils Tower, WY, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go rock climbing?
Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Five to eight hours of rock climbing (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Snacks and meals
- Entrance fee for Devils Tower Monument
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 20-35L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- The food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Devils Tower has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Devils Tower has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What does a typical day look like?
Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 8:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
- 9:30 am: Gear up
- 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day or start learning about techniques and safety
- 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
- 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
For the more advanced climbs, you will need an excellent level of fitness as you will be moving for a minimum of three hours on the rocks plus some additional hiking. Climbs range from 5.7 to 5.13, although many climbers find some climbs more difficult than their original ratings.
Keep in mind that it can take up to six hours to summit Devils Tower and two hours to rappel. Even though rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength, Devils Tower will test you. Be prepared for a full day of strenuous climbing.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Children as young as 3 can climb at Devils Tower on a case-by-case basis.
If you’re climbing with anyone under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Devils Tower, most people fly into Rapid City Regional Airport, SD. From there, you can rent a car. There is no public transportation available to Devils Tower National Monument. Enjoy a two-hour scenic drive through the Black Hills until you reach Devils Tower National Monument.
Before your day of climbing, your guide will let you know the best place to meet. In most cases, you will meet your guide at the Visitors Center. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.
In case you need lodging, Devils Tower Lodge offers accommodation from $110/night.
Additional info specific to Devils Tower
To climb Devils Tower, all climbers have to register before climbing. Registration is a legal requirement for anyone planning to climb or scramble above the boulder field and must be done before your climb. It can be completed at the climbing kiosk at the Visitor Center parking lot. Hang on to your return slip as you have to deposit it at the end of your climb. Failure to obtain a permit is subject to citation and fine.
This mandatory registration is free and in the best interests of climbers and the climbing community: it ensures safety, documents use of the Tower as a climbing resource, and becomes part of a historical database.
Another important thing every climber should be aware of is that June is a voluntary climbing closure. Devils Tower is regarded as a sacred site for Native Americans and every June, the park asks visitors to voluntarily refrain from climbing the Tower or scrambling inside of the Tower Trail loop.