Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower

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Rising above the Bear Lodge Mountains, the name of Devils Tower National Monument is a result of the original name being lost in translation. The Cheyenne and Crow tribes called it "Bear's House" or "Bear's Lair." The tower is surrounded by flat land that offsets its conical shape, made up of igneous rock. Theorists disagree on exactly how it was formed, but many believe it is what remains of an ancient volcano. Up close, you'll notice that the rock is eroded into almost perfect square sections along its base. You'll also see that it is a climber's paradise. This natural wonder is the United States' first National Monument, dedicated in 1906. Arrange to visit Devils Tower National Monument and other attractions in Devils Tower using our Devils Tower vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Unique geologic location. Forest service has developed the sight and is complete with adequate parking, information sources and gift shop. You can get right to the base of the formation and even are a...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We stopped at Devil's Tower as we drove from Custer State Park to Cody, WY. It's an incredible natural wonder not to be missed. The walk around the base is easy and the views change so it's worth it. ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We stopped here on our way to Colorado from South Dakota. We were staying near Keystone, SD and it was about a 2-hour drive to Devil's Tower. And a beautiful drive it was. Wyoming is vast and lovely, ...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Loved it! My kids liked being able to climb around in the rubble field below the tower. There were spectacular views all around the monument, and not just looking up! The path was a very easy hike, took us 45 minutes or so, not counting our rain delay. It could be done faster, or slower than what we did. I would say 30 minutes to 1.5 hours around the trail, then another 30 minutes to an hour in the bookstore and visitor center.
  • June 29, 2017
    Super cool natural monument. Surrounded by prairie dog towns, this place is absolutely worth a visit for the day. You can register to climb it (but you really have to know what you're doing!) Otherwise you can scramble about on some of the boulders. There are some nice walking trails with informative plaques surrounding the tower. Good chance to see some wildlife as well!
  • June 24, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. There was a line at the gate but it moved quickly. The parking lot was quite full but it was still easy to find a spot farther away. The port-a-potties were very clean with no odor. We hiked the paved trail right around the base of the tower. It was a nice trail with lots of benches but it was very crowded. Looking down at the other trails they were not crowded at all.
  • June 30, 2017
    I've always wanted to see this in person, and it didn't disappoint. Aside from the slew of tourists there (very crowded, grumpy sales people working the shop), the park rangers were very friendly and patient to help with the Junior Ranger program and park questions. The monument itself is fantastic to see from afar then it's magnitude up close. Our kids loved climbing the boulders around it's base. The prairie dogs that are there as you drive in were fun to watch, too.
  • July 6, 2017
    The place is really awesome. You can enjoy the park in 2 ways. There is a shorter and closer trail and the outer trail which is a longer walk but you get to see more wild animal and will be able to pass through the red beds area. Totally worth it!

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