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Sturgis Rally Visitor Influx Managed Under ICS

Devils Tower National Monument

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The week of August 6th to August 10th marked the 67th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Nearly 12,000 people visited the park, more than double the normal figure. Staff from every park division, including campground hosts, volunteers and history association staff, were involved in activities ranging from garbage pickup, fee collection and parking to interpretive programs and EMS responses. Additional protection rangers were brought in from Mount Rushmore, Bighorn Canyon, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain. A fire truck from Wind Cave and an engine boss from Badlands were stationed at the park in the event of a wildfire. The Christian Motorcycle Association returned for their 13th rally to handle parking an estimated 8,500 motorcycles over the course of the week. Without this additional help, the park could not have safely handled the high influx of visitation and would like to thank everyone involved. Although park visitation doubled, there was only one minor EMS response within the park. Rangers made numerous visitor contacts, informing people about the current open burning ban, smoking on trails, dogs on trails and motorcycles on the paved tower trail.  Climbing activity on the tower was also unusually high. The event was handled using ICS. Chief ranger Dona Rutherford serving as IC.



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