Close Encounters of the Third Kind

As the National park service celebrated its 100th birthday in August of 2016, Devils Tower approaches an anniversary of its own. Devils Tower rose to Hollywood fame and found its way into the cultural consciousness of America after the release of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Joe Alves, production designer on the film.

Devils Tower Trivia

• In 1906, Teddy Roosevelt named the tower the United States’ first national monument.

• It had a starring role in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

• Also known as Bears Lodge, the tower is considered a sacred worship site by many Native Americans who leave colorful prayer cloths tied to trees near its base (please don’t disturb them).

• According to the park service, “When the proclamation establishing Devils Tower was published, the apostrophe was unintentionally dropped from 'Devil’s' — and this clerical error was never officially corrected.”


E. on I-90 exit at Moorcroft. Visitors traveling W. on I-90 exit at Sundance, take 14 N. to 24; take 24 N. to Devils Tower.

April 5 - Nov. 26; Beginning May 27, daily 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sept. 4 hours change to 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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