At Devil's Tower, there are many trails available to visitors to walk on. If you like to walk, you may want to take some of the longer trails, but if you just want to see the tower, then I suggest taking the trail that encircles the monument. To walk around it, take pictures, and admire Devil's Tower, I'd say you can expect to spend about an hour there. If you walk non-stop or if you rest/stop and look at the tower, it may take you more or less time.
The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower.
Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. The rolling hills of this 1,347 acre park are covered with pine forests, deciduous woodlands, and prairie grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are abundant.
Proclaimed September 24, 1906 as the nation's first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt.
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Devils Tower National Monument
'Devil's Tower, Wyoming, a volcanic plug or neck. In Kiowa Indian mythology it was said that: Once upon a time seven little girls were playing in the woods far from home and they came upon some bears that chased after them. They found refuge on a great rock, that rose into sky with them on it, making them into stars. The bears tried to pursue them, but all their efforts were in vain. You can still see the struggle and their claw marks in the rock that makes up Devil's Tower.'
Prairie Dog Town
No visit to Devil's Tower National Monument is complete without stopping at the Prairie Dog Town. Evidence of the town is visible from both sides of the road and these little diggers have holes everywhere, even coming through the pavement. They spend most of their time on the lookout for predators and 'bark' out a warning to their neighbors when they spot them. Working as a team, they pass the warning on through the town. The pitch and tone of the barks are associated to the level of the threat!
I really enjoyed shooting images of the Tower from all angles. Here's a few more images not already in my tips. Note the nature arch formation below the actual tower.
There is remnant wooden ladder that can be seen by binoculars. And, there are binoculars on the Tower Trail to help see climbers.
Least hiked, but totally worth it is the nearly 2 mile Red Beds Trail. I took it after hiking around the tower, and it was a little warm. Great views of the red sedimentary strata.
Naturally, with summer heat, winter cold, rain, ice, and wind, the laccolith begins to drop off columns into a pile of huge boulder rubble at the base of the tower.
After we left Mt Rushmore, we headed for Yellowstone. We saw Devil's Tower on the way, but we only looked at it from the highway