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 your visit to Devils Tower National Monument and discover more family-friendly attractions in Devils Tower using our Devils Tower trip itinerary planner .
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  • Even from afar, I could tell that this was going to be an adventure. I am by no means a professional climber. I only did free style climbing on the rocks that lead up to the cylindrical part of the mo...  more »
  • This was one of the best hikes my son and I had on our 16 day trip. Devil's Tower is an incredible wonder. If you are in the area or the Black Hills it is worth the trip. FYI -- we did the Red Rocks T...  more »
  • If you're heading out on I-90, you have to stop. You can see it from the highway and its just a short drive North and so well worth the stop. It is pretty flat land and then boom, there it is. Yes, so...  more »
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  • My husband and I visited in October and we didn't have any Close Encounters of the Third Kind!! What an amazing place to reflect and think about life We walked around the entire monument. Most people seemed to turn around after the halfway point. Nice visitors center and restrooms. We were there pretty early in the morning, imagine parking could be an issue. If you're in the area don't pass on by. You won't be disappointed!
  • Try to get there early in the day to get parking, and to walk around the tower while it is still cool. Bring water. The only facilities are in the main buildings. The kids enjoyed the Junior Ranger program, and the ranger explained the geology of the tower and the significance of the site to the native peoples. The month of June is spiritually important to the native people, so visitors are reminded to be respectful. Bring binoculars if you want to watch people climbing the tower. The size of the tower, and of the basalt columns is hard to grasp until you examine the rocks in the scree field and find the hexagonal (and sometimes 4-, 5-, and 7-sided) chunks of columns.
  • Amazing natural monument! It's hard to imagine how tall this tower actually is. Great hiking paths around the monument. On the drive in, you pass a prairie dog farm. The creatures are very active and fun to watch.
  • Long time on my bucket list of things to do. The views were fantastic and awe inspiring. Definitely take a walk around Devil's Tower, the paths are nice and well kept, and you get to see the size of the rock that have fallen hundreds of years ago. There are often climbers climbing the Crags up to the top. If you get a chance, talk to a couple of them, it's very interesting. We ended up spending several hours walking around, while other people were just walking around Devils Tower in 30 minutes or so. I would definitely suggest taking your time and enjoying the view of one of Nature's wonders.
  • It's hard to comprehend Devil's Tower when you see it, there's nothing like it out there. It's pretty easy to get to, and a short drive takes you from the entrance to the visitor center. The visitor center was very informative as to how Devil's Tower likely formed (they're not completely sure). It's a short hike to the base of the tower, where you can sit/stand and stare. It's beautiful on a sunny day, I went in February when it was almost empty. Was definitely worth the trip, it's a very memorable place. PS - did not see any aliens during my visit.
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