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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  • Devils Tower is gorgeous and certainly worth the visit. But go early! If you go before 10am it is much easier to park, take a nice easy walk and not stand in line before the entry. When you drive in, ...  more »
  • Well worth the trip! It had been on my "bucket list" so glad we made it. It is such a unique geological feature. A ranger explained it is only one of four such geological structures in the world and i...  more »
  • Next to Sylvan Lake in Custer State park, this was the highlight of our trip. Loved this more than expected...the gorgeous weather helped too.  more »
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  • Wow! Totally worth the 2 hr drive from Hill City, SD. A beautiful piece of history. Mother nature is SO COOL! My 10 & 12 yr old were in awe as they got to experience this while it coincides with what they're learning in school. There were also people climbing up the tower while we were doing the hike & they looked like ants with bright colored helmets. A must see!
  • It's hard to believe it's real. Even close up, it looks somehow not of this world. It's an awe inspiring piece of Mother Nature's handiwork. The tower is a beautiful olive green in real life which was never really made clear in the movie. Walking around it shows the many different faces of the tower. KOA shows Close Encounters every night, by the way, right at the base of the monument. Top that! The monument was the beginning of a remarkable trip through the great natural wonders this part of the country has to offer.
  • Devils tower was one of the most magnificent and truly beautiful things I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. It’s quite a wonderful park, the only problem is there’s not terribly too much parking all the way at the top. There’s a paved walkway around the base of the tower which is about 1.25 miles which offers some truly beautiful photo ops and is just magnificent!
  • This was an awesome stop on my trip. We did the walk around it and it was very scenic. We also could just barely see a few people actually climbing. The parking and set up was very well put together. So to see the prairie dogs on your way in.
  • USA Natl Parks are wonderful and extraordinary PLACES. It is important to note they are PET-FRIENDLY, just prefer to keep it simple. You can't leave pets unattended or take on the trails, or it's limited to the parking lot. They have dangerous wildlife, or and must be preserved. Most pet owners are responsible, a few who in the past, didn't clean up after their dog or cat changed it for everyone and that is easiest.
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