Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower

#3 of 204 in Parks in Wyoming
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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  • From the absence of several miles you can see the rock formation that deserves a lot of knowledge. We travel four hours just to see it and we don't regret it
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  • It is a very interesting monument, up thrust from a volcano. Indian legend says that a huge bear trapped some indian children on it and tried to claw its way up, but they were turned into stars and oc...  more »
  • If you're going to visit this place, stay in the town of Hulett. A nice quiet place to relax away from the world. I visited from Denver, and drove straight to Devil's Tower (6.5 hours), but I recommend flying into Rapid City if you are planning on visiting. Cool history, and lots of amazing photo opportunities. Just remember to bring a fork to sculpt your mashed potatoes:)
  • Visitor center and payment kiosk wasn't open yet (March 20) but signage says you're supposed to pay $25 per car by leaving cash in an envelope in this locked mailbox. I wasn't prepared for that. Walking trails aren't maintained off-season and were snowy, but it was still nice to drive around and hike up a little bit.

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