Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower

#3 of 201 in Parks in Wyoming
Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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  • The only detraction to the place was the sheer amount of people in and around the Tower and the parking situation. Everyone was itching to travel after being Covid Couped we got here around.....  more »
  • OMG! What an amazing experience to see this wonder in person! This has been a bucket list item for over 50 years. Thrilled that I was able to do it! A must do!  more »
  • We were last here about ten years ago and again found it a powerful and moving experience. We were there early in the morning before crowds and could hear the whispering of the wind and watch the...  more »
  • What an amazing place! Calm, peaceful, a bit surreal. No other structures near it so it really stands out. The walking trail around the tower has great views and it's an easy walk for all ages. Great place to meditate and soak up the vibes which are strong here. It can be climbed if you have the skills. Really cool place to visit and highly recommend the annual National Parks Pass.
  • Excellent way to introduce kids to national parks/monuments. As this was the first monument established by Theodore Roosevelt. Easy paved hike to do for families although it is a bit longer. We came in the late afternoon and had plenty of time for wandering around and looked incredible at that time of day. Would suggest coming later so you can see it during the night as well, as the stars frame it beautifully as long as it's a clear night. Whether for 15 min or a day, Devils Tower is definitely worth a detour to see for families or on the way to sturgis.
  • Rising out of the ground as though pulled towards the heavens by mother nature herself, Devils Tower National Monument is a must see for anyone who wished to see the incredible. A well maintained series of roads, trails, and service buildings all help make experiencing this wonder easier while providing helpful and interesting information about the tower and surrounding area. Visiting here will be a memorable experience impossible to forget.
  • Got a great campsite (B20) and paid for six nights. Then folks with TWO generators running constantly for TWO days moved into B21. Ugh. Had my stereo full volume when in camp and mostly stayed out hiking around the magnificent tower. Hosts tried and neighbors respected 8pm to 8am quiet hours. Spotless campsites and facilities, friendly and knowledgeable hosts, beautiful scenery and wildlife. Loved being there.
  • Ever since I've seen 'Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, I've wanted to visit this landmark. Rising far higher from the ground than I anticipated, this beautiful structure is imposing without being intimidating. It's geometric fractures are beautiful, and the hike around its base provides some very informational details and history.

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