Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower rises dramatically out of the flat plains of northeast Wyoming.  Standing 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and over 5,000 feet above sea level, the tower looks as though it has been pushed up from underneath the earth’s surface by something sinister.  Devils Tower is the focal point of Devils Tower National Monument, designated by Theodore Roosevelt as the nation’s first National Monument.

Today, visitors to Devils Tower are often awe struck by its immense size. The tower is nearly one mile in circumference and its summit is the size of football field. Travelers on the roads near the monument often report being able to see this massive igneous intrusion from 50 miles away. The best part about Devils Tower is that visitors can literally drive right up to it’s base.

Devils Tower is also a sacred sight for several Native American tribes who refer to it as Bear Lodge because the columns and markings on the tower look like markings of grizzly bear clawing at the tower. The tribes tell the story of six girls who were picking flowers when they were chased by bears. The Great Spirit saw their plight and raised the ground around them as the bears desperately tried to reach them.

The name Devils Tower is thought to originate from an expedition led by Col. Dodge. It is believed Dodge’s interpreter misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God’s Tower, which was later shortened to Devils Tower. It’s possible he simply thought the tower would not look out of place in Hell.

When to Go:

Devils Tower National Monument is open year-round. The best time to visit is in the summer when basic amenities are available. If you wish to climb the tower please note you will be unable to do so in June when the park enforces a voluntary closure to respect the wishes of Native American tribes.

GPS :

N44° 35.3634', W104° 42.0666'

Getting There:

When traveling from the east exit I-90 at Moorcroft, WY. If traveling from the west on I-90 use any of the three Sundance, WY exits. From Moorcroft or Sundance take 14 North to 24 North, which will take you right into the park. At Devils Tower travel the Devils Tower National Monument Road, which travels almost completely around the tower offering several different and exciting views.

Road Conditions:

The roads in and around the park are maintained and Devils Tower is open year-round. In the winter, some roads may be closed due to excessive snow.

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