Devils Tower National Monument | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Devils Tower National Monument

  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument, a unique and striking geologic wonder steeped in Indian legend, is a modern day national park and climbers' challenge. Devils Tower sits across the state line in northeast Wyoming. The Tower is a solitary, stump-shaped granite formation that looms 1,267 feet above the tree-lined Belle Fourche River Valley, like a skyscraper in the country. Once hidden below the earth’s surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing the Tower.

The two-square-mile park surrounding the tower was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. The park is covered with pine forests, woodlands and grasslands. While visiting the park you are bound to see deer, prairie dogs and other wildlife. The mountain’s markings are the basis for Native American legend. One legend has it that a giant bear clawed the grooves into the mountainside while chasing several young Indian maidens. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. Devils Tower is also remembered as the movie location for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The stone pillar is about 1,000 feet in diameter at the bottom and 275 feet at the top and that makes it the premier rock climbing challenge in the Black Hills. Hikers enjoy the Monument’s trails. The 1.25-mile Tower Trail encircles the base. This self-guided hike offers close-up views of the forest and wildlife, not to mention spectacular views of the Tower itself. The Red Beds Trail covers a much wider three-mile loop around the tower.

Directions: 

Easiest access is from I-90 at exits 154 (Moorcroft, WY) or 185 (Sundance, WY). Take US Highway 14 north to State Highway 24 north.

Activities

  • Hike the Tower or Rock Beds Trails
  • Tour exhibits at the visitor center
  • Attend a Ranger Program (during summer)
  • Summer Cultural Program Series
  • Technical climbing (by permit only)
  • Watch wildlife
  • Photography
  • Take a bike ride
  • Talk a moon walk
  • Visit the Prairie Dog Town
Hours: 

Devils Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except December 25 and January 1. 

The Visitor Center and the DTNHA bookstore are open from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Fees: 

Entrance Fee (Vehicle)

  • 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $20.00
  • Fee for a single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers.

Entrance Fee (Motorcycle)

  • 1-7 Day Motorcycle Pass - $15.00
  • Fee for a single motorcycle and operator/passenger.

Entrance Fee (Individual)

  • 1-7 Day Individual Permit - $10.00
  • Admits one individual when entering on foot or bicycle. Individuals 15 years of age or younger are admitted free. This may also be used to calculate cost for organized non-profit groups (service organizations, scout groups, religious groups, etc.)

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 1-6 people) - $25.00

  • These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers. The fee is $25 plus $5/person, not to exceed $40.

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 7-25 people) - $40.00

  • These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers.

Commercial Tours (seating capacity 26 or more people) - $100.00

  • These entrance fees are based upon the seating capacity of the commercial tour vehicle - not the actual number of passengers.

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