Devils Tower National Monument

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument
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This 870-foot stone monument, thought to have been created from the remains of a volcano, is the center of many Indian religious ceremonies.
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2-3 hours
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LindaKayC
Fresno, CA497 contributions
Worth the drive, go early
Jun 2021 • Family
Well worth the drive to see the nation’s very first national monument. Definitely take the 1 mile walk around the base. It is a very easy walk. And be sure to look for climbers way up there! We saw two the day we went. Beautiful scenery. Enjoy!!
Written June 19, 2021
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cthyamr
Ithaca, NY149 contributions
Make the Trip
Jun 2021 • Friends
Read the Trip Adviser reviews as we were driving the 4+ hours to get there. Based on the reviews, we almost scrapped the visit. So glad we persevered.

We arrived at 1 pm on Friday and waited 15 minutes in the arrival line. The Ranger was chatting with each car. A friendly fellow.

We parked in the lot before the Visitor Center lot and found a spot on our first circle around.

Found three sets of restrooms. One set as we arrived. Another set down sides of Visitor Center. Third set past the visitor center. Water filling station available for those carrying water containers. Paved walkway up a part of the very short walk to view and grab photos of the tower.

We are between 62-70; we are not fit. It was 86° and we were not winded by the short walk.

Don’t be discouraged by the reviews about construction.
Written June 18, 2021
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D P
Galesburg, IL102 contributions
Beautiful drive and destination
Jun 2021
While visiting The Black Hills, we decided to head west and see this. Totally worth it, and please do not waste the opportunity. We did not pay to go into the site, but there is a little gift shop at the foot of the tower that offered a great view. Bring your cameras!
Written June 18, 2021
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darrell s
15 contributions
Amazing scenery!
Jun 2021 • Family
Breath taking scenery! We arrived at 10 am and waited in line at the gate for 20 minutes to get through the gate. I think they only employ one ranger at the booth as a measure to control the traffic. Definitely worth the wait. Parking was tricky but we managed to find a spot. We took the 1.3 mile loop trail around the base. It was difficult getting good pictures of the tower because it is huge and the trail is so close to the base. Make sure you stop at a couple overlooks on the way to the tower to take pictures. The hike was very doable for my five year old and even though we t was 98 degrees most of the trail is shaded and there was a nice steady breeze to cool us. I would advise to get there as early as possible to beat the traffic lines and find a good parking spot.
Written June 15, 2021
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Cindy C
Galax, VA28 contributions
Just look at it from a distance! Not worth the hour wait and $25!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Worst run government organization I have ever seen! We waited one hour to get in the gate and then once up at the top there is massive construction and the Visitors center is closed. But the final blow was coming back down and waiting 45 minutes to get out due to totally incompetent road work crews.
Written June 14, 2021
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Janie Johnson
Lebanon, TN251 contributions
Family Trip
Jun 2021 • Family
We went up at 6pm on a Sunday night in June. No crowds at all. The visitor center was closed. But it was cool breeze and a nice walk around.
Written June 13, 2021
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Nicole F
Austin, TX78 contributions
An otherworldly experience in EARLY summer mornings
Jun 2021 • Family
We stayed in Custer, as we were seeing other sights in and around Rapid City in June 2021, including the Badlands.

BTW, I do not recommend the strategy of a central base and then driving out each day.

Having recently visited with serious heat and sun, I recommend the strategy of staying as close as you can to each monument.

This area of the country has daylight at 5:30 a.m. in June!!!

Staying close by means beating the heat by arriving early, as well as having a place to use the restroom.

In any event, we left our hotel in Custer around 5:30 a.m. and got to the park just before 8. No line and a pleasant park ranger.

Upon entering, had to stop at the massive prairie dog fields. Astonishing.

There were spaces by the visitor center at 8. Our kids picked up junior ranger books and we used real toilets and sinks.

We immediately began hiking the Tower Trail, as we knew it was getting hotter and time was if the essence.

This is a wonderful hike for everyone from toddlers to elderly to the very out of shape.

There is significant shade through most of it.

I loved the crazy boulders and the otherworldly feel of it.

Personally, I would have tried the next loop, but the kids weren't having it.

We stopped into the visitors center, which I will review separately...basically a gift shop....and left to eat.

With GPS not working at all, we couldn't figure out the restaurant we meant to eat at, and ate at a post/gift store on the left side as we exited.

By this point, very hot, and a long line if cars waiting to get in, so we were glad we had gotten up at 4:45 in Custer.

Written June 13, 2021
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Mama B
West Bend, WI16 contributions
Beautiful all around!
Jun 2021 • Family
Awesome time and beautiful hike all the way around! Easy trail about a mile. It got a little long for our four-year-old but was a memorable time!
Written June 12, 2021
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keithflow
Albuquerque, NM683 contributions
Long drive, rude drivers, bypass park and just go to trading post
Jun 2021
You drive and drive and finally get there. Then there is a long line to get into the park, one ranger station open. Stupid idiotic people kept bypassing the obvious line and cutting people off to get in front. We just finally pulled over to the trading post, took some pictures, bought a magnet and left. Won't be back.
Written June 10, 2021
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swoodruf
Muskegon, MI819 contributions
Tower That Takes Your Breath Away!
May 2021
I've been waiting over 50 years to see this monument. It was just as cool as I thought it would be. Driving down the highway, I remembered the movie (Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind) in the end where thousands of cars were headed on that same highway toward the monument. Your first glance from many, many miles away takes your breath away. It is just there ... there are a few little touristy shops around, but really not very many. When we were there, the Visitor's Center was closed. I believe that was due to Covid. You are able to walk right up to the tower and even around it. When we were there, there were not very many people. We stayed for about 45 minutes walking up to and around it. I got a lot of great photos. Definitely one sight off my bucket list!!
Written June 8, 2021
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