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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We actually visited here back in 2015. We loved the hike around it and the views were beautiful. There's a prairie dog town at the bottom before you go up. Take the time and pull off!! We fed many of ... more »
If you are a fan of S.Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), then this could be a sort of pilgrimage for you (part of the movie was shot here). A very majestic structure, sometimes h... more »
We had our 10 month old along and were able to take his stroller around the Monument. The trail was pretty empty this time of year. It wouldn't have been as fun with a stroller in the busy season. Gre... more »
This is one of the most amazing natural monuments you will ever see. I went when I was younger and was almost giddy with the thought of seeing it again! I took my 14 year old son and we went at the end of May. We were able to climb on the rocks and there were several climbers on the face of the tower making the climb. Be aware if you go during the month of June you will have to stay on the trails. This is a time set aside for sacred tribal events. Still an amazing journey and views to be had!
We have visited a lot of national parks as a family and this is by far and away one of my favorites. It is a beautiful park with friendly staff and good educational materials in the visitor's center. I appreciate the fact that the educational materials also include the Native American perspectives on Devil's Tower as well. It is essentially a trip/site that you can make in one day. There's a nice, paved hiking loop around the base of the Tower (you can hike all the way around). In addition, if you are so inclined, you can climb the rocks and boulders at the base of the Tower to a certain height. Unless you are registered climber, you are not permitted above this layer of rubble, however, Outside of that and the visitor's center, there is not a lot more to do at the park, so you can easily see it all in one day. We visited this summer with my kids (8 and 13), did some hiking and some climbing on the rocks, and everyone had a blast. There is camping on site within the park, but we were staying in Spearfish, SD, so did not camp at the park. Hopefully other reviews can provide insight and feedback on the camping and it's amenities.
This tower is located in Wyoming. We were passing by and decided to top here. I am glad we did I have never seen such a large monument of rock declared by president Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. This is a great place to go rock climbing. The American Indians believe this place is sacred by many tribes that visit here. Now if you are the one thinking to climb it get ready because this tower is the length of 4 football fields high. Two cowboys from the area did make it up-to the top only because they built a wooden ladder on the side of it and it is seen in the formation of the tower. The park is open 24/7 except a couple days they are not. So if you driving at night stop in and let the legend live on!
Well worth the reasonable park fee to drive in. The walk around the tower is 2 miles and not strenuous (except possibly the initial steps up to the path). There are plenty of opportunities to sit and rest if needed. The day we visited was overcast and windy, but that didn't take away from the experience - hearing the wind rush the tower was incredible. Would happily return over and over again!
Wow. The lore surrounding is expressed very well before entering; from native to aliens. Staff was kind and helpful. Facilities were clean and well maintained. Absolutely beautiful. Be prepared to make your monetary contribution to the National park or buy a golden pass, good for a year to all national parks.
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