Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • runner24
    Orlando, Florida1,827 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pictures don’t do it Justice
    We were really impressed with the “tower” and are so glad we took the time to visit. Unless you have a reason to enter the park to climb or a hike, the best photos are taken from outside the gate as you can see the entire profile. You are too close inside.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Sally P
    Bloomington, Illinois54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic site
    What a majestic site! My friend and I hiked around the base (took about an hour) and it was fascinating to see the various perspectives, plus there were useful signs about what to look for. On the back side we watched half a dozen climbers making their way to the top.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Ashley
    United States49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day trip
    Much bigger than I thought it would be with a rich history surrounding the land. A quick 30-45 minute hike around the base of it is good enough to see it all. Some of the best views are actually from outside of the park along the highway and by the entrance to the park.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Grant R
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive
    We were staying in Rapid City, SD for a Mt Rushmore trip and a friend had told us about Devil'e Tower. We almost didn't go because its a nearly 2 hour drive but I'm sure glad we did decide to go. What an amazing geological formation! Truly breathtaking. If you are physically fit, park in the campground down just inside, then hike the SouthSide trail up the side of the mountain that takes you right through the Prairie Dog Town, then pick up the Red Beds Trail around the monument. The Red Beds trail is an almost 3 mile trail with better views and much less crowded than the main tourist loop right up next to the visitor center. Stunning views.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Joyce V
    Algona, Iowa9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sacred
    We went to Devil's Tower on a rainy, cloudy, dreary day and it was so worth it, gorgeous. In fact, the weather lent itself to the sacredness of the site and we aren't even Native American. We felt the need to practically whisper even after we left. You cannot leave the sight without knowing you were in the presence of something much greater than you.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • AHinz
    Ankeny, Iowa36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful morning trip!
    This was a great day trip! We took off early in the morning from Custer, SD and got to the Monument early in the morning. It was a beautiful June morning with the sun rising behind the Tower, it was a wonderful view. It was a hilly- but paved walk around the tower, we enjoyed the history the Lakota Stories that we learned. The visitor's center was nice and clean as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • 869travelingk
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely hike! Get there early!
    We didn't even know this was on our driving route, and it was recommended to us by a friend. It was a wonderful time!! We got there nice and early, around 6:30 am. It was already bright daylight by then, but there were no lines. It was a beautiful walk, and we got many nice pictures and selfies! Once we were leaving, around 10:30 am, I was astonished at the line formed to park! There is a red light that only allows so many cars at a time. The line was over a mile long! I felt so bad for the people waiting to get in, especially the ones in the RVs, as there was no way to turn around if you changed your mind! So my advice is to get there early!! Of note, the prairie dog town is adorable! The animals are mostly active at dawn and dusk, and I wish we would have stopped there first on our way in because they were so active at 6:30! But there was only minimal activity when we left at 10:30 am.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Shannon S
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We had a great experience. We arrived at around 2:30. The sign at the entrance said to expect an hour wait. We waited 10-15 minutes. We also had no trouble finding a parking place. After reading other reviews, we felt lucky. The tower is amazing. It was exciting to see climbers. This was a great stop on our trip. If you don’t have much time it can be easily seen and photographed from the roadway. There are pull off spots for that. In a time crunch, that’s a great option.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Paul S
    Port Charlotte, Florida506 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Huge Rock
    This is a very impressive monument located in northeastern Wyoming. It's relative size is awesome. The only problem is the parking at the visitor's center. Traffic Lights control the number of vehicles allowed in. On the road in and out of the monument there's a very large Prarie Dog village to be viewed. Be sure to check out the legend about the girls and the bear.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • scald
    Pfafftown, North Carolina178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it right with a hike
    Amazing to see up close. It was very busy on the Sunday we went. We parked at the Administration Building and hiked up to the tower and did the loop. This was a 5 mile strenuous hike but if you are up for it, there are some awesome views of the river and surrounding hills.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
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juliemcp
Elbert, CO176 contributions
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Jul 2020
We visited over the long July 4th holiday.

Upon arrival to the park, we were pleased that we could enter the park without paying the usual required fee. The road to the visitors center was closed and visitors were asked to park at the lower parking lot and campground area. The views of the Devils Tower was really amazing from these areas.

In the late afternoon, we packed up our day packs with water and snacks and decided to make the 1.5+ mile trek from the lower parking lot up to where the paved 1.3 mile loop around the base was located. The initial ascent up the non-paved trail was a bit steep but it leveled off. The scenery from this trail was amazing and worth the hike to the visitors center. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes as the non-paved trail is rocky in places.

After we reached the Visitors Center, we could see that there was construction on the road and nearby parking lots. The construction did not deter our enjoyment of the area. There also was a stamp station for your US National Park Passports available. The tower was really impressive from the beginning of the trail head especially later in the day when the light was softer. The paved trail around the tower was fairly level with a few places where the path elevation changed but nothing drastic. Each side of the tower had a different perspective. You really couldn't take a bad photo!
Written July 9, 2020
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Nicole F
Austin, TX134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sheila P
Oconomowoc, WI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This national monument will take your breath away. It just seems to sprout up in the middle of nowhere and the views from all sides are impressive. The trail around the base of the tower is paved and an easy walk (when you're not stopping every 20 feet to gaze up at the climbers trying to scale the formation). We went early on a Monday morning (drove 2 hours from Rapid City, SD) and I would definitely recommend getting there before 10:00 a.m. The visitor center was closed on Monday, but there are lots of informative signs and way stations along the trail, so I'm not sure we missed a great deal there. By the time we left just before noon, it was getting crowded!
Written September 4, 2021
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chastuna47
Bradford, PA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The sheer size and overwhelming appearance of the Devil's Tower is extraordinarily impressive. On approach from the East it is impossible to miss it as the shape and size stand out on the horizon from several miles away. Finally getting to near the base the enormity gives a feeling of awe. My first words on being near it was simply, "WOW." Photographs I had seen did not do it justice. A fantastic place to visit.
Written March 5, 2020
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Cheryl677
Crown Point, Indiana279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was really something to see! There is a fee to get in and we were told right away that the trails are not Dog friendly. They only have two places were you can
take your dog one was the camp ground, can't remember the other. so we were little dumbed that we couldn't take are dog on the hike with us. we did the trail that was longer (not the one paved) because we felt there would be less people and we were right. got some great views. But it was pretty hot and sunny in some areas.
When driving into the park we saw and heard many prairie dogs. Maybe this is the reason dogs aren't allowed in the park trails. Just remember you can't bring Rover on the trails he would have to stay in the car.
Written October 9, 2020
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NebraskaTravelBuddy
Lincoln, NE179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful trails and views. There was construction going on in the parking lot, but once we got away from that and hiked toward the monument, you couldn’t hear the construction sounds. Visitors’ center was closed. Ample bathrooms available. There was a lot of people and the parking lot was full. Even with all that, I fell in love with Devil’s Tower and want to go back. The sacredness of the monument is refreshing. We enjoyed watching several climbers on the side of tower (I recommend bringing binoculars). Seeing the prairie dog towns along the road on the way in and out was fun.
Written October 2, 2020
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Karen J
Colorado Springs, CO354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Before leaving on our trip, we watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Closet Encounters spoof. The first stop using our National Park Annual Pass (Interagency Pass). Depending on where you read about Devils Tower, it was unclear whether or not the Interagency Pass would be accepted for the entrance fee. Even the Rapid City Visitor’s Bureau was unclear and saw the same things I saw about … well, they sell the annual pass … does that mean that they take the annual pass? I think it does. It does!

We used one of the photo pulloffs, but it's so much better up close!

We were happy to get there while the gift shop was open. We got some gorgeous photos of Devils Tower. We almost took the hike around the base of the Tower, but it was in the high 90’s and we decided that the gift shop was lovely, we were melty, and … we moseyed on. We’ll come back again when there isn’t a heat wave!

I believe there were 2 Pokemon Go gyms.
Written June 22, 2021
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Megan
Malinta, OH120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Instead of paying the $20 fee, we just viewed it from the road. I feel like you can see it even better than up close. The road was under construction as was the visitor's center so we didn't feel the $20 entrance was worth it. KOA campground store and Trading Post store are located near the entrance gate for food, drinks, souvenirs, and bathrooms.
Written July 5, 2020
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kcline99
Minneapolis, MN12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
When you first catch sight of devils tower, it doesn’t appear to be much. In fact the first couple pull overs still don’t give you the best of you. Wait until you are much closer. We visited the first day it opened up following the COVID-19 shut down and there were maybe 40 people at the whole park. You see plenty of prairie dogs when you’re pulling in after the visitor entry booth. Once you park, there is about a one and a half mile trail around devils tower. It is definitely worth it In nicely paved. There are some inclines but it is a very accessible walk. If you want to do any climbing, you do need to register I. advance.They weren’t charging for admission today, but I believe it was $10 per vehicle. Devils tower feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but if you are making a trip to Deadwood or Spearfish it is definitely worth the detour.
Written May 22, 2020
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DMSMD64
Chester Springs, PA476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I have been to Devil’s Tower a number of times over the years and it the beauty never fades. The tower can be seen for miles on the ride approaching the park. From the east, If you get of I-90 at the Welcome Center and head toward Aladdin, instead of taking the right at the end of the road, take a left and travel through Hulett. It’s a prettier ride. Be careful when passing through Alva. There are deer that run across the road. Once at Devil’s tower it can be appreciated from outside the park but if you really want to see the texture of the tower you need to get close. That said, there is a single entrance and the line to enter can get pretty long. The current cost to enter, for a motorcycle, is $20. If you plan to visit a number of national parks within a year, e.g. Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, the annual $80 pass may be the way to go. Once inside the park, watch you speed as the speed limits are low. There is not a lot of parking at the top so I suggest going early. Currently the visitor center is closed, but the restrooms are open. There is no food or drink available for purchase in the park.
Written August 7, 2020
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