Devils Tower was the first federally designated National Monument. The geologic feature is a sacred place for more than 20 American Indian tribes and holds great importance for area ranchers.
106 Group was contracted to take on this flagship project, intended to serve as a model for both accessibility and tribal engagement for future projects administered by the National Park Service. Working with tribal representatives and the Targeted Accessibility Improvement Program team, we planned, designed, prototyped, and fabricated 19 wayside exhibits and five bronze tactiles. Many of the stories, tactile designs, and exhibit text directly resulted from this powerful collaboration.
Our work at Devils Tower National Monument has improved accessibility to nearly 500,000 visitors per year, from an improved graphic hierarchy typography to visitor flow and hands-on learning. This project’s success is directly connected to the incorporation of tribal engagement and accessibility from the very start of this project and throughout the planning phases.