Devils Tower Travel Guide

  • Devils Tower National Monument
    Devils Tower National Monument
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Devils Tower Things to Do

  • Walk the Trail Around Devil's Tower

    While you can see the tower from the visitor center, the 1.3 mile trail around it gives you multiple views of the geological formation as well as close-ups to the rock. You also might see climbers scaling the rock. The trail meanders through forest and is somewhat shaded. Photographers: a zoom lens worked nicely for me to get detail pictures as...

  • Tower Arch and Other Tower Images

    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.

  • Wood Ladder Remnant

    There is remnant wooden ladder that can be seen by binoculars. And, there are binoculars on the Tower Trail to help see climbers.

  • Climbing Devil's Tower

    This is world class climbing where ropes and special equipment are required. Nevertheless, from what I saw, this appeared to be a climb made easier by the amble chimney cracks providing a place to put the wedges. Check out these photos...

  • Climbing the Boulder Field

    Along the shaded side of the tower trail, I got the urge to simply get off trail and climb big boulders. Whitney followed me. Ambling over big rocks was at first easy, but as we approached the base of the tower it became much harder climbing, especially for my little dog. Eventually, we came across a sign warning that registration was required for...

  • Tower Trail

    The paved tower trail is the way most visitors, old and young, appreciate Devil's Tower. The 1 mile trail circumnavigates the tower, and has numerous explanatory notes and diagrams. There are benches, binoculars, and even drinking fountains in places. This trail is wheel chair accessible.


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Devils Tower Restaurants

  • Good Food With Great Service

    Just down the road from the Best Western Devils Tower sits the Ponderosa Bar and Cafe. From the outside it looks like gawdy a western bar and saloon. However inside what a pleasant surprise. Very friendly staff and good food.The restaurant is family run and the attention to detail shows. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had lunch...

  • Lunch at Devil's Tower

    If you’re hungry when you get to Devil’s Tower there are a number of places just outside the entrance. We spotted a couple of cafes but decided instead to buy a few things for a picnic from the general store in the same area and enjoy them at the picnic area inside the park. This was a really nice spot about a mile beyond the entrance with shady...

  • Living in the area we have...

    Living in the area we have gone to most of the restaurant and it's hard to say which is the best, as they all have good food (depending on who is cooking at that time and the mood their in) from the small restaurants in Aladdin and Pine Haven to the many choices you have in Sundance, Moorcroft and Hulett as well as right next to the entrance to...


Devils Tower Nightlife

  • by Pine_Haven Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Evening programs are offered Wednesday through Sunday nights at the Devils Tower Amphitheater located near the campground and picnic areas. Topics vary and are listed at the Visitor Center. We go up to the Tower several times a year just for the programs that begin at 9 pm and are wonderful.

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Devils Tower Transportation

  • by Pine_Haven Written Aug 26, 2002

    Air Travel - We have to major airports that serve this area, which are in Gillette, Wyoming [GIL] and Rapid City, South Dakota [RAP] or arriving by Bus - Powder River Trailways with connections from Denver, Colorado and Billings, Montana.
    You really need a vehicle to get around in the state and especially the park and the Black Hill National Forest. For an Interactive Map of the area and information on Scenic Drives you can visit the Web Site at

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Devils Tower Shopping

  • Souveniers..........

    The Devil's Tower Trading Post is a Huge souvenier shop just outside the entrance to the park. They have every imaginable item with the Devil's tower name or image emblazoned upon it. The best thing about the shop though is the view from the Parking lot. They have THE perfect promotional shot with the store in front and the tower situated right...

  • Devils Tower and Mt Rushmore souvenirs

    There are several souvenir shops near the base of the monument, including items featuring Mt Rushmore and the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Buy a coffee mug or a magnet of your destination. Stick with useful things that won't just take up space but will return their cost in some particular way.

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Devils Tower Local Customs

  • Lakota Prayer Bundles

    Similar to a fetish, the Lakota tribe has special respect for the tower and leave wrapped fabric and other items near its base. The spiritual significance is something the National Park Service appreciates and supports.

  • Sacred Site for Native Americans

    Devil's Tower is a sacred site for Native Americans! There are many stories about Devil's Tower. I heard the Crow Tribe's version:Two girls were out one day when a large bear spotted them and wanted to eat them. The girls ran to a high mountain to escape the bear, but the bear could still reach them. The gods saw the girls and helped them by...

  • Indians were first. Respect the Native...

    There are prayer beads and bundles near the monument. Don't touch these please. Respect the Native Cultures. Not only is tampering with these beads or bundles a show of disrespect, it's also a violation of federal law. The monument itself is of deep spiritual importance to the local tribes.


Devils Tower Warnings and Dangers

  • Snakes

    Rattlesnakes are common in this area, and I found a large dead snake just off a trail during my hike. Even so, I wasn't alarmed, only reminded of the potential danger of stepping on one.

  • Avoid Coming During Sturgis Rally

    While the summer season is by far the busiest time of the year at Devils Tower there is one time where it is ungodly miserable. That is when the big Motorcycle Rally is taking place in Sturgis, South Dakota. Then litterally hundreds of big and noisy motorcycles descend on the monument. Now I have nothing with motorcycle riders per se. However when...

  • Rattle snakes

    Rattle snakes are found in the area. There are a lot of hiding places in the rocks. Stay on the trails unless you know what to look for and how to respond. Most common bites are from people who step on the snake by accident. The second most common way to get bit is to ignore the rattle and annoy the snake. The good news, approximately 30% of the...


Devils Tower What to Pack

  • Remember the Monument is in the High...

    Many folks forget that Devils Tower National Monument is in the high plains of Wyoming at an altitude of over 3,700 feet. Winds in the area can be strong and it can snow as early as October and as late as May. When we there on a May day the morning temperature was down in the high 20's early in the morning. Sunscreen to avoid the sun. Zoom lens...

  • what to bring...

    Hiking shoes of course, a warm sweater or jacket for nighttime. Polarizing filter for sure. A good zoom lens for the Prairie Dogs. Lots of memory.

  • Be Prepared to Walk

    If you want to see Devil's Tower, then you should expect to do some walking. The trail leads all the way around the monument, and it may take an hour or so to get around, depending on how fast you are and whether you stop or not. With this in mind, it is best to wear shoes that will be comfortable, and shoes that you don't mind wearing out or...


Devils Tower Off The Beaten Path

  • A sacred place

    The Devil’s Tower has long been a sacred place for many Native American tribes, including Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Shoshone. If you walk the Tower Trail you’ll see prayer bundles tied to the trees.The Crow believe Devil’s Tower was "put there by the Great Spirit for a special reason, because it was different from other rocks."...

  • Sorcerer's Apprentice

    About 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore and a few miles north of Custer SD on US-16 is the still incomplete memorial to Crazy Horse, which was begun by Boston-born Korczak Ziolkowski about the time Rushmore was finished. Ziolkowski was on the staff of Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, but unlike his better-known fellow artist, Ziolkowski nearly...

  • Not Quite Linked but Still Associated

    Though it is over 2 1/2 hours away by car, most people who visit Devils Tower will venture all the way to Mount Rushmore to take the natural and the artistic sculptures in tandem.


Devils Tower Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing Devil's Tower

    If you go to Devil's Tower, you will almost always see people climbing up it. Any visitor may climb Devil's Tower! Be aware that they do NOT allow climbing in June because of the Native Americans, so if you plan on climbing, don't come in June. Register with the park to ensure that you will be able to climb when you arrive.You can also climb up on...

  • Climb it!

    Or don't. It looks terrifying to me. But for some, lots actually, it is an adrenaline rush. Our hosts at the Devil's Tower Lodge are avid climbers. They will take you up there and teach you to climb. pretty cool eh? Frank, the big kahuna at the lodge once climbed the thing 17 times in one day. If I ever was to conquer this big rock, he would be the...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Devils Tower Favorites

  • Respecting the Sanctity of the Site

    As you walk along the Tower Trail you will see little bundles of cloth and beads tied to Ponderosa trees. The cloth contains sage, tobacco, rosemary, or other personal items from Indian tribes who continue to view the monument as a sacred site. According to the National Park Service (NPS) more than twenty tribes including the Arapaho, Cheyenne,...

  • Wildlife at Devil's Tower

    I ran into a deer coming to Devil's Tower, and I saw them at a distance, so cloven hoof animals are common. So are squirrels and chipmunks. Some people report seeing a bear, and along the paved Tower Trail, there are occasionally speed bumps painted with paw prints.

  • Dogs are OK on the trails

    Although the official national monument website has strict no pet policy for the trails, rangers were thrilled to see Whitney roaming with me. As a matter of courtesy to ranger authority, I kept Whitney on leash when around heavily trafficked areas, but off along on the trail, Whitney roamed free. I kept her close enough though so that she couldn't...


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