Hike the Joyner Ridge Trail

4.5
1.5 miles  - Loop Trail

Added by Eric Schuette

Walk the 1.5 mile Joyner Ridge Trail loop with great views of Devil's Tower, one of the most iconic rocks in America, as well as abundant wildlife and flowers. For a longer walk you can combine the Joyner ridge trail with the Red Beds trail for a ~5 mile walk that encircles the entire tower.

There is a nice sized parking lot at Joyner Ridge. From the parking lot, the Devil's Tower looms very large! From the parking lot the trail is obvious and easy to follow. There are occasional overlooks or different vantage points from the trail. The Joyner Ridge trail makes a 1.5 mile loop that is mostly level and easy to follow. If doing the Red Bed trail make sure to have a trail map to ensure you follow the correct trails for the roughly 5 mile loop. Also note, the site is sacred to local Indian tribes and should be treated with respect whether day hiking or climbing.

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Rock Climbing
Photography
Running
Snowshoeing
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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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2 months ago

Patience is rewarded

Traffic can be quite heavy leading to the National Monument and parking lends to challenges, especially if towing a camper. So be patient and you will be rewarded with incredible views of the prairie, ponderosa pines, and this iconic columnar rock formation.

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4 months ago

best way to see the monument imo

If you're not climbing to the top but want the best experience in the park, hike this trail.

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6 months ago

Worth the stop!

Great hike with awesome views of this beautiful rock!

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over 3 years ago

Best Views of Devils Tower

Parking at the Visitor Center gets you some real cool shots up close to the tower, but if you want to take in the landscape in its entirety and get some amazing views, you need to hike Joyner Ridge.

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