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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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  • This tower is huge. You can see it from miles away. The park where it is located is very clean and nice. They had a ranger to tell the story of how it may have been created. This was very interesting ...  more »
  • It is amazing to see all these rolling hills and then to look up and see this huge stone formation. Well worth taking the time to see and allow an extra hour to walk around the tower, it is a reasonab...  more »
  • Photos do not do this place justice. You start to see it from quite a distance away as you drive in, but it's not until you are nearly at the gate of the park that the size of it registers. We didn't ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!