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Devils Tower Experiences Busiest September on Record

Devils Tower National Monument hosted 27,550 vehicles or approximately 74,135 recreation visits in September 2020. This is an 18% increase from September 2019, making it the busiest September in Devils Tower history. The nation’s first national monument, located in Crook County, Wyoming, is 1,374 acres and was at 70% staffing this summer.

So far in 2020, the park has hosted approximately 385,140 recreation visits, down 9.6% from the same period last year.

However, the park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 for nearly two months from March 25, 2020 through May 21, 2020. Since May 22, 2020, visitation has been slightly higher than the same period in 2019.

The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through September):

2020 – 385,140
2019 – 426,111
2018 – 440,588
2017 – 469,136
2016 – 461,655
2015 – 448,240

Visitors: please recreate responsibly and reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, do not visit the park. Self-quarantine to avoid exposing others. To stay informed about changes to park operations, visit the park website and the park’s social media channels.

Current calendar year data are preliminary and subject to change. Data will be finalized by the end of the first quarter of next calendar year. More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.