Iconic Geological Landmark. First US National Monument. Easy hikes and Technical Rock Climbing. Not far off I-901.3 mile loop.

Take a detour off I-90 and visit one of the most iconic geographic landmarks in cinematic history. I'm talking about Devils Tower National Monument from Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Devils Tower was the first United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906. The 1,276 ft monolith dramatically stands out from the relatively flat surroundings of north-east Wyoming.

If you're not one of the many climbers who attempt to tackle the highly technical accent of Devils Tower, there is a 1 1/2 hour hike around Devils Tower on flat terrain.

Besides the massive geological feature, Devils Tower National Monument does not offer a lot activities for outdoor types who are not climbers. But the area is know for it's prairie dog population and one of the largest motorcycle events in the world, Sturgis, which takes place just a few miles over in South Dakota every year. The Devils Tower Monument area sees plenty of riders during the first week of August.

While you probably won't plan a 5-day backpack trip though Devils Tower, it is a very unique place any outdoor enthusiast would be thrilled to visit; and if you're headed west to visit Yellowstone or beyond, it should be on your road trip itinerary.

Pack List

  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Camera
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • Rock Climbing Gear (optional)
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RT Distance 1.3 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Combine this with the Red Beds trail loop from the campground for a nice 5-mile run. You'll get to see most of the park and catch all the best angles of Devil's Tower. https://www.strava.com/activities/52748369

The inside loop is very easy and beautiful, and short. takes 1-2 hours depending n who you are with. right near the ranger station is the entrance to the inside loop, with lots of boulders to do some scrambling. lots of fun. very beautiful


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